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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Fin du Monde Conference Room
  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 8605 (US/INTL) (phone dial in to Warp Core Vidyo Bridge x92 Conf # 95312)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 8605 (US)
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)
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Actions from Last Week

  • Johnathan to re-template this meeting to extract out common elements
    • Done! See?
  • Thomas to review new meeting template
    • Done! Looking good. Will probably need a few minor tweaks
  • Asa to post about the product team's view of 64-bit support and update the group here
    • I haven't done this yet. Still waiting on feedback from plug-in vendors on dates.

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 5.0)

3.6.20 on track for simul-ship with 6.0

Beta (6)

JST wants to discuss up a virus problem that we want to try to address for Beta. WIll happen in the triage meeting.

Aurora (7)

Nightly (8)

Tab animations and tab tear off improvements landed on m-c

Firefox Mobile

Release (5)

Beta (6)

  • fixed crashers

Aurora (7)

  • fixed crashers

Nightly (8)

  • fixed crasher
  • working with webapps group

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder

Add-on SDK 1.1

  • progress continues apace on a variety of enhancements and bug fixes
  • new Development Process finalized
  • first merge from development branch to stabilization branch takes place next Tuesday, August 2
  • release happens Tuesday, September 13
  • and six weeks after that (October 25)
  • and six weeks after that (December 6 - Saint Nicholas Day!)
  • rinse and repeat

Input 4.3

  • No ETA just yet; IT has set up the new clusters and are testing extensively.

Other notes:

  • Finished an experimental extension, named Alert the Developer, that adds your favorite happy/sad/idea buttons to each add-on's detail panel in the add-ons manager is up on AMO and waiting for a full review. Kudos for some great help by Mossop!
  • Final stages with the BMO team on defining a set of requirements to allow Nightly/Aurora users to file bugs into Bugzilla via an option on Input's sad form.

Feedback Summary


Firefox 6

  • Broken Arabic fonts on BBC: bug 674335 -- Needs tech evang.
  • Thai not working on OSX: bug 672955
  • Some comments about sync add-on bustage.


Positive Insights Found
  • Sync
  • Input: 4
  • Fast
  • Input: 14

SUMO general insights:

  • Most requested device is Symbian/Nokia this week.
  • Access issues:

Market link not working (19) Need direct link to download (17) Can't download to tablet (24) Overall 158 'I have this problem too' votes related to tablets on SUMO this week.

Negative Clustered Insights Found Release Channel Bug Id
  • No Flash
  • Input: 34
  • SUMO: New 93 same as last week
All bug 630007
  • Would like more options for clearing history
  • Input: 2
  • SUMO: New 25 up
Beta/Release bug 656901
  • No Copy & Paste
  • Input: 4
  • SUMO: 16
Beta (not in Aurora or Nightly) bug 582244
  • Updates are too frequent/confusion around non market update
  • Input: 2
Aurora N/A

UX & User Research


  • Fennecomb - ongoing design and spec work, and visual design and assets likely to pick up again late this week/early next week* Design updates to Fennec about:home underway
  • Design updates to about:home underway (Bug 646899, 669166)
  • Designs for camera UI underway

Market Insights


Updates as of July the 18th. Next update in the week of August the 15th (Patrick is on holiday)

  • Microsoft held its Worldwide Partner Conference. News and rumours include:
    • Windows 8 will be called "Windows 8" (this had been in doubt previously)
    • Windows timeline rumours: September in Beta, January in RC and April 2012 ready for market
    • Windows Phone 7 will not run on tablets; Windows 8 will
    • Long-term, Windows 9 or 10 will run on the Xbox and other devices
  • NSS Labs released another report stating that IE9 is by far the best browser at protecting against socially-engineered malware.
  • A Microsoft Research project accidentally went live at the domain  Codenamed Tulalip, it reportedly integrated Facebook and Twitter feeds.  Microsoft did not to share any more information about the project.
  • Google profits up 36%. Google beat forecasts, with profits up 36% in the last quarter (both advertising and click-through rates going up.  During their earnings call, Google quoted 160M users of Chrome (the same figure they quoted in May), and did not discuss Chrome OS at all.


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • The beta tablet version of the Dolphin browser, Dolphin for Pad, was released in the Android Market
  • Opera anounced a partnership with an Indian mobile game developer and released the June edition of its State of the Mobile browser reports
  • The Android Market introduced multiple APK support for a single product, allowing for better device targeting
  • Android accounted for 30% of tablet devices sold in Q2 2011, with iOS having a 61% share
  • 28% of all mobile phones sold this year will be smartphones, with Nokia being dethroned in Q2 as the top selling smartphone OEM, in favour of Apple or Samsung (final results to become available this week)
  • The first device to feature the WP7 Mango update to be the Toshiba Fujitsu IS12T, to be released in Japan in September this year

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Questions, Comments, FYI

Actions this week

  • Asa to post about the product team's view of 64-bit support and update the group here
    • I haven't done this yet. Still waiting on feedback from plug-in vendors on dates.
  • Cheng to file bug on os X lion intercepting old navigation gestures
  • Cheng/Aakash/Axel to figure out locale-specific input scrubbing