Connected Devices Weekly Update/2016-05-03

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Program Status Notes
Vaani Validation (Lindsay/Sandip) On Target
  • Team meetup in Berlin on 5/16 - 5/20 to focus on user testing and formulating hypothesis
  • The entire team is going to be engaged in user testing to ensure that the full scope of users is understood
  • Currently working on connecting with Friends and Family to discuss voice activation needs
Project Link Validation Stage (Julie/Preeti) On Target

Market Segment

  • Looked into three potential segments: busy family, kids (at home/at school), elderly. Chose the busy family segment.

Hypothesis (still being refined)

  • We believe that by offering a smart virtual assistant to busy families, we will reduce the time they spend on day to day tasks by 20% and increase the amount of time the families spend with each other by 20%.


  • Need to research what we perceive as the busy family segment, determine what their needs are and if there’s an intersection of that and what we can offer.
  • Developing a framework or script for conducting the consumer interviews to be tested first before members of the team conduct interviews.
  • Exploring the possibility of using DScout for our research study as well as a guerrilla style friends/family study
  • Sampling, interviewing, and analysis tips were shared with the team
  • Want to invest in brainstorming and research process over the next couple weeks


  • Have developed a list of how we might differentiate ourselves from the competition


  • Showed phase 1 demo to leadership team and received good feedback
  • Currently working on video for London demo
  • Worked with the Mountain View WPR team to use the Battlestar Galactica conference room as a demo/showcase room for Link devices
Smart TV for 2.6 Josh On Target
  • 2.6 milestones:
    • 4/27 branched
    • 7/15 FC
Project SmartHome Maria/Liz On Target
  • We received positive feedback at our second check in last Friday (Slides and video recording)
  • To test our current hypothesis, we've started to design our next round of research.
    • The test will include a functional research prototype that we'll share with a small group of 12-15 year-old girls.
    • We're investigating the use of the Particle "Photon" and "Internet Button" products as a quick start way to get a tactile, connected device into study participants hands. More details here.
  • We finalized our Research Findings from our first user study.
Project Magnet Maria/Francisco On Target
  • Finished Sprint 1: we already have a very basic client for Android and iOS to discover physical webs. This will be useful for prototyping and hypothesis validation.
    • Some demo videos for iOS and Android recorded during our Sprint 1 Demo and Retrospective
  • The goals for sprint 2:
    • Research: Work in the assumptions/hypotheses document to be reviewed.
    • Be able to have downloadable builds (not finished in sprint 1)
      • Some legal issues have been raised about the distribution of iOS builds via Testflight and also with the Apple Developer Program account used that need to be clarified.
    • Polish the clients as many tasks/issues have been detected when they were developed during last sprint.
      • It would be also great start trying with URLs and start setting common use cases for the London office (specially for visitors) and London All Hands.
  • Beacons research finished and now evaluating some providers to do a purchase.
Project Sensor Web Cindy/Wesley On Target
Porting Nicole/David/Peter On Target
  • Porting FirefoxOS Meeting merged with Weekly B2G Meeting
  • Planning for meet up in London
Metrics for CD Maria/Dylan On Target
  • After studying several third party the team decided to go for Google Analytics.
    • It fits our needs both in terms of metric collection and visualization
    • GA has been already vetted in Mozilla and we are already paying for a premium service
    • Implementing GA will be faster and less effort than adapting the Mozilla telemetry pipeline for use with CD projects
  • We are working in three major activities:
    • Implementing a library for Rust and JS that simplifies the adoption of Google Analytics by the trains
    • Documenting the parameters that can be used for collection of events
    • Evaluating reporting/visualization tools to ensure that metric data can be easily analyzed by the trains
  • The target of this is ensuring all the trains send information in a consistent way and dashboards/reporting are consistent cross-train.
Research Team Lindsay On Target
  • Technical Research
  • Looking at different ways to work moving forward
  • Working on formulating hypothesis to prove
  • Will be working with the different teams to move the hypothesis forward
  • Market Research
  • Continuing deep dive into conversational UI and digital assistants
  • Getting access to consumer insights database from Forrester - Forrester Technographics
  • User Research
  • First deep dive into user research will be in the Vaani team
  • working with the team on researching the product with everyone's involvement
  • setting up workshops for the meetup in Berlin
  • Setting up a workshop in London for the CD Team (What do you do after your train has been chosen?)
Firefox OS Smartphone Sunset

Smartphone Transition Wiki

Smartphone Commercial Sunset (Karen) On Target
  • Smartphone Commercial Transition Wiki
  • Plan to continue support thru Q1 2018. Have some logistics to resolve for the period from Jan 1 2017 to March 31 2018. Will continue to keep an eye on that.
Code Transition (Julie) On Target
  • Smartphone Code Transition Wiki
  • Working on removal of MobileID, Engineering Mode, and Apps APIs
  • Continuing to work on getting homescreen and dialer working as chrome. The homescreen is now showing pinned sites on boot.
  • We have a more solid plan for our build and test infrastructure. Merging back to master/m-c is coming soon, probably not this week but we are getting closer
  • Working to get Gaia integration test suite (Gij) green. This is progressing along with the app:// to chrome:// conversion. We will not attempt to port the existing Gaia unit tests (Gu) during the refactor. We will rely on community to write new unit tests, likely mochitest-plain.
Transition to Volunteer Community (George) On Target
  • B2G OS Transition Wiki
  • Code contribution needs (more) experienced contributors. People mostly busy building and flashing now. 6 volunteers for code mentoring sessions to be organized soon.
  • Future of infrastructure still in discussion. Test/Build infra at Mozilla could be available for a few more months. Volunteer contributors encouraged to have their own build infra for smartphone devices (already the case for ZTE Open C Fr).
  • Documentation working group is active, working on restructuring the MDN doc. Permission to edit some parts of MDN might be a blocker here.
  • Governance model decided for the module ownership system. Non-technical modules will be created to match the working groups. To be re discussed on week 20.
  • Communication group to release a call for contribution on Tuesday the 3rd.
  • Discourse category and Telegram group show an increasing activity over the past week.
  • More information can be found at B2G Transition Working Groups
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