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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Finch 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


Kilimanjaro Product Draft

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 11, 10esr)

  • First 3.6 (EOL) MU prompts will occur next week, with further prompts and automatic updates to follow

Beta (12)

  • Beta 5 will be released Friday (4/13)
  • Code freeze for FF12 is also this Friday
  • Add-on hotfix to communicate the FF13 Win2K/XP RTM/XP SP1 de-support expected to test and roll out to the beta population next week
  • We plan to have a FF12 What's New page specifically for users updating from 3.6, testing planned for next week

Aurora (13)

Nightly (14)

  • Criteria for uplifting PDF.js to Aurora is currently being discussed, will not occur for FF14
  • Bug 711552 Create click to play UI for desktop

Firefox Mobile

  • Release plan: Fx14 will be our ship vehicle.
    • We will no longer be uplifting aggressively to Aurora for Fx13

Nightly (14)

  • Stability and performance improves
  • Work on blockers continues

Firefox Sync

  • Sync Process
    • Rapid Release meeting is Friday
      • If you want to ask for a feature, that meeting is the time to do it. Please see :ally if you have questions
  • Sign into Browser/Sync 2.0/persona/BrowserId
    • Flag day is now tied to this & B2G's deadlines
    • Old Clients will not work after Flag Day
      • Scheduled Clients: desktop & native fennec, b2g client (when written)
      • Firefox Home is not scheduled for update
      • Fennec XUL is not scheduled for update
    • There is -no- plan right now for retiring the Sync 1.1 system
  • Native Android Sync
    • In progress
  • Apps In The Cloud (aitc) Backend
    • going well. Load tests for beta (april 24) have started
    • the apps folks should have more details. We only work on the backend

Add-on SDK

Release (1.6 -> Firefox 11, 12)

  • Released Hotfix 1.6.1
    • Fixes a minor memory leak found by Mingyi Liu

Stabilization (1.7 -> Firefox 12, 13)

Development (1.8 -> Firefox 13, 14)

  • On track to merge to Stabilization 15 May 2012
  • Alex Poirot released the Locale-Updater Add-on
    • Localizers can have one-click testing of new .properties files for any installed SDK-based Add-on through the Add-on Manager
    • Alex is eager to improve this - so feedback is encouraged!



  • Firefox Desktop 14 (Nightly) - being reviewed
    • Native Install
    • Chromeless launch of apps
  • Firefox Mobile 15 - in progress
    • Was 14, shifted due to Beta work
    • Native install
    • Chromefull launch of Marketplace and apps
    • Proposed Android solution is to bundle the marketplace with Firefox. More coming on this.
  • Apps in the Cloud
    • Apps in the cloud server running
    • Apps in the cloud clients for desktop and mobile targeting Fx14 timeframe

Feedback Summary


  • Firefox 11:
    • Major increase in the number of people with babylon toolbar and "text enhance". We've seen it for months now but it's a lot higher recently. (It's hard to get actual stats because it's just people jumping on older threads).
      • Still lots of redirecting to malicious search engines (a majority of our top threads)
    • Also increase in Flash issues (including difficulty getting it updated and/or Facebook flash games not working)
    • Facebook chat sidebar disabler broke. They have a new beta
  • Firefox 12: Trending words in input (12 vs 11-in-beta):
    • slow -- nothing new here
    • facebook -- not opening, pages blank, some comments around crashing?
    • date -- "is out of date" errors
    • java
    • game -- lots of java games, but also facebook games
    • update
    • unable
    • bookmark -- bookmarks missing from toolbar
    • toolbar
    • tell
    • time
    • pogo
    • return
    • drag -- can't drag to reorder tabs in tab bar (may be an extension)


UX & User Research

Firefox UX Design

This week in Firefox UX (perhaps a bit of backlog):

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform


  • Adobe updated Flash because of two high severity security issues.


  • Amazon released the In-App Purchasing API for applications sold in their Android appstore. This API allows application developers to monetize not only only on the initial sale of applications but by selling upgrades, features, and other content directly in their applications. Consumers can make purchases using their existing Amazon IDs. Both Google and Apple's stores have similar functionality.


  • Apple released a critical update for Java to address, in part, a vulnerability that had allowed the Flashback Trojan to infect more than half a million Mac OS X systems worldwide.


  • The Android team released an updated emulator for the platform, adding GPU support, more hardware feature emulation and improved CPU performance.
  • The team also published a new Accessibility Developer Guide for Android.
  • Google Chrome's WebRTC team also published a roadmap of upcoming work to fine-tune their WebRTC implementation that is arriving in Chrome. Upcoming work includes screen sharing, a data API, and recording.
  • Chrome's stable and beta channels were updated. Fixes included 12 security issues, including a number of use-after-free issues.
  • The Beta version now has tab syncing across different instances of the browser, including both desktop and mobile versions.
  • The Dev version of ChromeOS now has the Aura window manager, changing the interface to be much more like that of a standard operating system like Windows.


  • Microsoft, in partnership with Bocoup, a HTML5 training provider, annnounced, a website that aims to introduce and promote the use of open web technologies to build great gaming experiences "without plugins". The section on mobile browsers is interesting, as it includes some frames-per-second benchmarks of performance on the iPhone, iPad, and Galaxy Nexus.
  • Microsoft also released eleven patches for Windows and Internet Explorer, seven of which were listed as "critical"


  • The Tizen group published the presentations made at the Linux Foundation Summit. These include an architecture overview, a summaries of the greater Tizen community and the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries, and descriptions of planned use of the Wayland display server and the oFono telephony stack


  • Webkit announced availability of version 1.0 of the Webkit remote debugger. This JSON-based tool is now supported in the Blackberry Playbook and Chrome for Android.
  • Webkit also now supports Battery Status and Vibration APIs on the Blackberry, arguably the first WebKit port to do so.
  • The author of the open source color picker used in WebKit's Web Inspector posted a good overview of its design and features


Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • Preparing for merge day: blogs and collateral updates for Desktop
  • Working on finalizing billboards for 3.6 EOL
  • Continuing to work of mobile materials


Questions, Comments, FYI

  • will be offline 6-9am PT thursday

Actions this week

  • Mary/Slater to show us k9o pretty