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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
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)

Video/Teleconference Details - NEW

  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 95312 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 95312 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: Warp Core
  • Vidyo Guest URL
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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 6)

  • Went out yesterday, yay!
    • Tracking a couple of issues, one in specific bug 679604. Not planning to respin at this time as there is a quick/simple workaround that fixes it
    • They sent us a cake

Beta (7)

  • We have builds, QA is looking at them...still plan to push to the beta audience on Thursday
  • Have the great memory fixes and we are porting forward a trivially safe fix with big wins from Aurora (bug 678422)
  • Two new localizations, Mongolian (mn) and Swahili (sw). These will follow the new scheme of beta builds in the rapid release cycle, that is, we'll not create release channel builds for them until they're out of beta.

Aurora (8)

  • We have builds, QA is looking at them...still plan to push to the aurora audience on Friday
  • Firefox Aurora has CORS, we should be ready to point people to it when our partners announce certain things

Nightly (9)

  • Setting up the tracking flags for Bugzilla bookkeeping (bug 679792)
  • Orion editor is being turned on for Scratchpad (bug 679475)

Firefox Mobile

Release (6)

Published to Android Market on Tue, Aug 16:RWW.png Read full article | see more Press Coverage and PR info below

Beta (7)

Builds started earlier this week. Expected to go into Android Market as "Firefox Beta" end of the week.

Aurora (8)

  • Master password support landed just in time for merge over, please test!

Nightly (9)

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder

Add-on SDK

Release (1.0)

  • fully compatible with Firefox 6, no hotfix release needed

Stabilization (1.1)

  • third test build, 1.1b1, spun and distributed yesterday, Tuesday, August 16 (release announcement)
  • fourth test build, 1.1b2, on schedule for next Tuesday, August 23
  • initial draft of release notes now available
  • release remains on schedule for Tuesday, September 13

Development (1.2)

  • development continues apace

Input 4.3

  • Nothing new -> No ETA just yet; IT's having resource constraints that are limiting the amount of coverage for projects across the board.
  • Bugzilla-part of Tell Us More is being reviewed; The Input-part will be done 1st or 2nd week of September and deployed soon after. There will be a new product called "UnTriage Bugs" created with a "Firefox/General" component where bugs filed from the app will reside. We'll need to figure out a triage team to work on this. If you're interested in joining in this group, please e-mail adesai at mozilla dot com

Feedback Summary


Stuff from before the release:

  • Exc in ev handl: TypeError: error (possibly caused by McAfee?)

Top issues (Firefox 6): (Well defined problems)

  • Java Not compatible (Users get a Java console not compatible warning... and correlate that with Java not working on some pages):
    • These should have been just removed but not all were cleaned up, see bug 654131. This shouldn't be an issue in the future
  • Add-on window doesn't finish loading (need to click on a button on the side) --
  • Disable domain highlighting
  • Extensions (As expected, a ton of extensions aren't compatible causing complaints):
    • Norton (update was available yesterday - see Norton community post for info, requires LiveUpdate)
    • AVG (update was pushed last week according to AVG, available via AVG client update)
    • Roboform
    • Avast
    • Reload Every
    • Evernote
    • HP printing
    • some FTP extension (?)
    • Foxtab
    • Download manager
    • Web DynPro
    • Firebug
    • Skype (update was pushed yesterday, from discussions with Skype. Skype update required.)
    • Morning Coffee
  • Websites:
    • Fafsa

(Less well-defined problems -- either stuff on input or with one-or-two reports or the symptoms are unclear... I'll investigate these further tomorrow)

  • Outlook links don't open in Firefox anymore (?)
  • Suddenly really slow (I'm starting to suspect a firewall or something throttles us until it figures it out)
  • Crashy ("40 crashes so far and counting")
  • Some missing graphics on webpages (I couldn't reproduce any of the links given but it's a bunch of different reports)
  • Lost Sync settings/bookmarks (possibly bumped to a new profile)
  • Problems with middle-button scrolling/trackpads


General insights: Numbers are still small enough to be anecdotal, working on mining more data from android market reviews going forward and publishing less frequent reports to make them more reliable.

Clustered Insights Found Release Channel Bug Id
  • No Flash
  • Input: 46
  • SUMO: New 114 up
All bug 630007
  • Clear History
  • Input: 3
  • SUMO: New 2
Beta bug 656901
  • No Copy & Paste
  • Input: 9
  • SUMO: None
  • Hard to get to Bookmarks
  • Input: 8
  • Images look jagged
  • Input: 5
All bug 669851

UX & User Research

Market Insights


  • Microsoft launched a blog for Windows 8 with additional details around a social media strategy concerning the upcoming release. BUILD, Microsoft's new name for its professional developer conference, is taking place the week of September 12th and has already sold out.  , It is expected that Windows 8 (and probably IE10) will be released as Beta at BUILD.
  • A new stable build of Chrome was released, which includes Instant pages (prefetching of first result on a Google search) and a print preview. 
  • The new tab page in Chrome has evolved; where previously a user would see history and apps in one place (and their bookmarks if not enabled in the chrome of the browser), now the user is presented with a "swipeable" page, where they can move between the categories Most Visited, Apps and Bookmarks: scrolling is horizontal, rather than vertical.
  • Chinese search engine Baidu released its own Chromium browser, codenamed FlyFlow, it came ready with an app store containing 30,000 apps.


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • Google intends to buy Motorola Mobility to consolidate its mobile patent portfolio and potentially also to enter the TV equipment business.
  • Android now accounts for 20% of the smartphone installed base of 750 million.
  • Opera announced partnerships with:
    • Telling Telecom, a mobile phone distributor in China, with whom it launched a mobile browser called Oupeng
    • MTN, a carrier operating in South Africa and 20 other African and Middle Eastern countries
    • Terra, a Brazil-based Internet company which operates a Web portal and an ISP in the US, Spain and 16 Latin American countries
  • Samsung is rumoured to be looking to significantly enhance its software capabilities as it competes with Apple in the smartphone business
  • Fusion Garage launches an Android kernel-based mobile, named Grid, which will be featured on a 10-inch tablet and a 4-inch handset

The archive for all weekly Mobile Insights can be found here.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Firefox for Android: Better tablet support, image improvements
Mozilla Releases Firefox 6, For Real
Mozilla launches Firefox 6 with tasty treats for developers
Firefox 6 limbers up for full release

New Firefox 6 Belies Rapid Release Complaints

Firefox 6: Five things to know

6 Key Facts About Firefox 6

Mozilla promises faster Firefox 7

Mozilla shrinks Firefox's memory appetite by 20%-30%

Mozilla takes Firefox version numbers to the next removing them

Firefox to drop version numbers entirely
Mozilla plans to drop version numbers from Firefox

Mozilla wants to hide Firefox version numbers from users

Questions, Comments, FYI

Actions this week

  • Brad to come back about master password blog post