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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


  • There is an App/Site compat effort to ensure content works on the Mozilla platform
    • Involvement from business dev, QA, product, engineering, dev evangelism, market insights, press
    • Information and details being documented on the wiki
    • Lawrence Mandel (lmandel) for questions, to get involved
  • Contacts requirement in flux, product discussions ongoing so we can have clarity soon on use-cases.

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 12, 10esr)

  • 12 signed off, updates are unthrottled as of last night
  • second round of 3.6 EOL MU prompts go out today (bug 750403)

Beta (13)

  • Still 38 bugs tracking 13+ - if your bug has been fixed & landed, please update the status flags
  • 13.0b2 coming on Friday (5/4)

Aurora (14)

  • updates unthrottled last Friday

Nightly (15)

  • Very significant Snappy fix landed this week as part of memshrink that reduces leaks in chrome (bug 695480). This can also catch leaks from add-ons. It should significantly reduce memory usage and thus cycle-collector pauses, etc.
  • 744388 [Page Thumbnails] implement a custom storage, don't use the file cache
  • 515785 Use new icons for each task in Win7 Jump list tasks
  • 729133 preconnect http sessions before cache lookup
  • 539095 Expose high-resolution timing API to web content
  • 588683 Implement form attribute

Firefox Mobile

Beta Plan

  • 2012-05-08: Go to build
  • 2012-05-11: Push to market

Aurora (14)

  • Landing blockers

Nightly (15)

  • New front-end work
    • Larry
    • Reader mode
    • Text selection
    • HTML5 context menu


Firefox Sync

  • Android blockers: 0 beta, 8 release, 2 soft
  • Work ramping up on Sign into the browser on desktop.

Apps In the Cloud Server

Add-on SDK

Release (1.6 -> Firefox 11, 12)

  • All is well

Stabilization (1.7 -> Firefox 12, 13)

  • Released 1.7b2 last week no new beta this week
  • There will be a 1.7RC1 out this afternoon
  • On track to release 15 May 2012

Development (1.8 -> Firefox 13, 14)


  • SITB progress at work week!
  • Product feedback for Sync:
    • Not coupled to SITB. SITB is a different product altogether (mutually exclusive with Sync).
    • That also means: no "flag day" for now


  • Firefox Desktop 14 (Aurora) - landed
    • Looking to back out this functionality - bug 750936
    • Native Install
    • Chromeless launch of apps
  • Firefox Desktop 15 (Nightly)
    • Working on fixing bugs - mostly fit and polish to fit Kilimanjaro requirements
    • Defining Hometab promotion of apps
    • Defining Newtab launchpad of apps
  • Firefox Mobile 15 (Nightly) - in progress
    • Work started in Fx14 continues in 15.
    • Proposed marketplace bundling with Fennec is an open issue. See bug 738545
  • Apps in the Cloud
    • AITC client continues
    • AITC Server - Completed

Feedback Summary


Firefox 12 issues summary:

Feedback is consistent with what we expected. We have a 4% increase in issues reported on input compared to the first week of the 11.0 release. This increase appears to be result of a combination of the PDF issue on mac (see bug, Torbutton drag & drop breakage (see bug plus general UI changes to tabs & menus for users upgrading from 3.6. We do have 18 new votes on SUMO for the Gmail chat issue (see

FF12 praise summary, down 7% from FF11:

fast: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

UI: [6] [7]

tools: [8]

values: [9]

stability: [10] [11]

FF13 beta issues summary:

PDF on Mac 96 comments

Flash/video 74 comments 82 comments

FF13 beta praise summary:

default smooth scrolling, well-liked: 96 comments

tab screen: [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]

new start page: [18] [19] [20] [21]

FF14 aurora issues:

UI: buttons - feedback - padlock -

silverlight crash: [22] [23] [24]

click to play:

FF14 aurora praise:

Click to play:

Flash stability:

autocomplete URLs: [25] [26] [27]

full screen: [28] [29]

download manager: [30] [31]


UX & User Research

UX Design

This week in Firefox UX

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform


  • The Google Security team made a post describing ClusterFuzz, their cluster of machines that perform 50 million fuzz tests per day on the latest Chromium builds. The entire pipeline from managing test cases to verifying fixes is automated.
  • A new version of Google's Javascript engine, V8, features a new algorithm that selects between different optimization approaches, resulting in a 25% improvement in performance on SunSpider tests.
  • Google Drive launched, with some initial integration into ChromeOS and with much more planned. Initial integration arrived in the ChromeOS dev channel this week. Google applies all its search tools, including image recognition to data that is uploaded to Drive.




  • Thomas Roessler of the W3C posted a good summary of the current state of the Do Not Track initiative at the W3C, European and US levels.

Research In Motion

  • RIM released their WebWorks SDK for Blackberry 10, which "allows web developers to create first class BlackBerry applications using familiar web technologies such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript".
  • Sencha performed an in-depth review of the HTML5 support on the latest version of the Blackberry playbook, characterizing its support as "excellent".


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • Opera released stats on Opera Mini and Mobile user behaviour
  • Preliminary Q1 results place Samsung as top smartphone producer
  • Kindle Fire estimated to account for over 50% of US Android-based tablet market
  • Rumours about a Facebook phone allegedly produced by HTC surfaced again
  • First Intel phone features 1.6 GHz Atom Z2460 single core CPU, 400 MHz PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, 1 GB of RAM
  • HTC rumoured to be planning manufacture of own set of ARM-based chipsets
  • RIM unveiled developer alpha version of BB OS 10
  • Tizen version 1.0 was released in form of source code and SDK
  • Canonical rumoured to be planning Ubuntu-based mobile devices
  • Usage of TV white spectrum for wireless communications making progress in Cambridge, UK
  • The list of IP-related litigations between Apple and Samsung features 50 lawsuits in 10 countries

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • starting work on next release blog posts; collateral
  • seeing a strong response to 3.6 EOL; looks like we've dropped 10-15% of 3.6 ADUs in the past week.


Questions, Comments, FYI

  • Does the backout of apps integration in 14 effect the mozillian preview of Apps?
    • Answer: No, it does not. The Mozillian Beta preview of Apps will be supported in Nightly.

Actions this week

  • dcm to find updated states of sdk usage in new addons
  • thunder/mconnor - update on identity+sync
  • michelleluna - look at gmail feedback for aurora this week (doesn't reload); Answer: there is no input data to suggest a widepsread reloading Gmail issue in Firefox, I see only 6 comments out of 999 related to Gmail and none about not reloading, see A more generic search for 'google' also surfaces no comments about mail issues.