Planning Meeting Details
- Wednesdays - 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
- Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
- Toronto Offices: Finch Conference Room
- irc.mozilla.org #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
- 1 Actions from Last Week
- 2 Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases
- 2.1 Kilimanjaro
- 2.2 Firefox Desktop
- 2.3 Firefox Mobile
- 2.4 Services
- 2.5 Add-on SDK
- 2.6 Identity
- 2.7 Apps
- 2.8 Developer Tools/Experience
- 3 Feedback Summary
- 4 UX & User Research
- 5 Market Insights
- 6 Marketing, Press & Public Reaction
- 7 Questions, Comments, FYI
- 8 Actions this week
Actions from Last Week
Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases
Release (13, 10esr,
- FF13 released yesterday! Full unthrottling will wait till after Patch Tuesday next week.
- We pulled the final lever for moving insecure 3.6 users up to mainline - note the strike-out in the title
- FF14b6 will be released tomorrow (6/7)
- Aurora 15 updates will be enabled Friday
- A big thanks to Marco Castelluccio for implementing a Web Apps Runtime and native install for Web apps for desktop Linux. With Marco's contribution, we will be able to support native web apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux for Kilimanjaro and beyond.
- Bug 745018 - Implement webapp runtime for Linux
- Bug 744193 - Install web app on host OS - Linux
- PDF.js is making great progress
- Bug 752676 - Control pdf.js and Other PDF Plugins using Application Preferences
- Bug 742099 - Localize pdf.js strings and replace with the final strings for release
- Bug 749628 - Implement a "Responsive Design" tool
- Bug 758812 - Break up browser.js into smaller pieces, Phase 1
- Bug 735099 - Re-enable incremental GC on desktop platforms
- Prepping Beta 6, XF for tablets and FN for phones
- Tablet UI
- Reading List
- Find in Page
- Search Suggestions
- Chromeless WebApps
- Text Selection in Web Content
- nothing major to report
- Native Sync is fleshing out ui parity (on Nightly)
Apps In the Cloud Server
- nothing major to report
No other updates this week due to Add-ons mini-workweek
- Work is progressing, drop by #identity or ping Ben A. for a demo of a (working!) Firefox-native sign in email chooser
- On track for 16
- Firefox Desktop 14 (Beta) - landed
- Functionality was backed out - bug 750936
- Native Install
- Chromeless launch of apps
- Firefox Desktop 15 (Aurora)
- Features: Support of native installation and and chromeless launch of apps for Win and Mac OS
- Firefox Desktop 16 (Nightly)
- Fit and polish for K9o requirements
- Firefox Mobile 15 (Nightly) - in progress
- Features: Native Install and chromeless window launch
- Proposed marketplace bundling with Fennec is an open issue. See bug 738545
- Apps in the Cloud
- AITC client for desktop landed for FF15
- Firefox 15 (Aurora)
- includes remote debugging for Fennec
- need to watch Aurora feedback closely
- Responsive Mode
- Mentioned last month, preffed on last week
- Test responsive layouts without resizing your whole browser
- Layout view
- Added to Style Inspector
- Shows at-a-glance metrics like height, width, padding for the selected element
- Developer toolbar will be on the next train.
- End-to-end Apps tutorial draft
- there's a draft on MDN
- this content will be presented directly on the Marketplace site
- Prototype of Open Web Apps Bootstrap up
- Firefox 13: Generally OK feedback so far, comments mainly around new features. Most of the negative comments could be addressed through user education.
We are seeing a 3% decrease in issues for 13 compared to the first two days of Firefox 12. Currently we are seeing reports of the following:
- SPDY cannot connect to Gmail on XP SP3 issue  UPDATE: Ticket filed 
- Avast claims FF 13 update is suspicious 
- Possibly something with hotmail/messenger (Can't change status, can't log in, can't read messages -- lots of pt-BR messages)
- Slower than previous versions 
- Memory consumption 
New tab page (probably about 60% negative): :
- Want home page   
- Want google 
- Don't know how to disable 
- Don't know how to manage links 
- Think it is a privacy issue  - about 40-50% of negative feedback about this feature.
Tabs on demand:
- Don't know how to disable 
Home page (about 80% negative):
- Almost universally hated because some people (a number of people) seem to have lost their previous home pages. Also, can't set "blank" as a home page.
- Reset the home page 
- Unable to change homepage 
- Don't like the new buttons 
- Users can't change the search engine on this page.
- Some users are ending up with Yahoo as a home page without their consent.
New Tab Page :
- Dear Firefox, I absolutely adore the history thumbnails that appear now whenever I open a new browser or a new tab. Thanks!!
- I really love the new tab feature added with your latest update!
- The new tab page makes it much easier to get to your favorite websites.
- Awesome mozilla firefox 13 with new features off home page.A lot of improvements.Good job by your team.
- Buttons on the bottom of the homepage- handy
Smooth scrolling :
- Smooth scrolling !!! FINALLY !
- Nice and smoth scroll option.. sss ..
- Smooth scrolling looks very good and faster. thanks!
Firefox Beta for Android fixed the top three user issues with the product (start-up performance, browsing performance and flash support).
Overall for beta4/5 feedback is good; 4 stars.
Beta4/5 user issues:
- Photon 4g continues to generate low reviews
- A couple of instability reports and a couple of website incompatibility reports (techcrunch)
Beta 4/5 requests:
- Text selection
- Fewer permissions
- Completing documentation of single sync client requirement for beta/aurora/nightly users before installing release
- Updating supported devices documentation
- Need to update language support documentation
- Need to clarify tablet support and compatibility
UX & User Research
- UX summit last week, so we were quiet
- [hometab/newtab] new mockups getting finished for some lightweight prototyping (Boriss)
- [android] (ibarlow)
- final bug work for Native UI release (so soon!)
- tablet and next-version-of-phone implementation and design support going on in
- Oh look! First traces of search suggest designs landing screenshot in flickr
- [sync setup] 90% use case flow revisions (Zhenshuo)
- [Identity] Ongoing design of Sign-into-site flows - variant 1, variant 2 (Zhenshuo)
- [apps integration] Design of app recommendations ongoing (Boriss, with special guest Bryan)
- [metro] (Yuan)
- User feedback on button styling for metro app bar -- user test materials
- Another video sketch, this one about general web browsing use, in preparation
- Exploring share functions, through app contract
UR ran some usability tests on the Firefox Beta. We found that basic tasks (search, bookmarking, tabs) were easy for participants to complete. There are some questions around the search accelerators in the Top Sites tab, and of course typing is still painful. UR will work with UX to figure out how to manage. Anyone who wants to see raw video footage of the tests can contact Mary Trombley.
Desktop / Platform
- Apple was granted 22 patents covering everything from industrial design to a futuristic 3D Apple TV remote and even a way that Apple envisions of harnessing power through electromagnetic induction to help extend battery life on iOS devices.
- The 6th Platform Preview for IE10 now includes the latest preview update for IE10. It includes an embedded Adobe Flash Player, which has been improved to support touch gestures. It is also integrated with the Process Lifetime Manager to better improve battery life in the Metro environment. Flash will also be bundled with the operating system and will receive improvements through Windows Update.
- The new release preview also sends a Do Not Track header by default, the first web browser to do so.
- IE10 now supports unprefixed versions of CSS transitions, transforms, animations, gradients, and CSS Fonts’ font-feature-settings property, as well as platform APIs such as the Indexed Database API (IndexedDB) and requestAnimationFrame().
- IE10 will also no longer support IE4's visual filters and transitions for anything other than intranet sites
- Interesting, Microsoft is going to great lengths to force adoption of the Metro-style interface, even to the point of removing all code from Windows 8 referencing the Start button/menu to prevent third-party developers from creating a workaround allowing people to continue using it
- Analysts are estimating that new Windows RT tablets will be in the $500-$700 price range, which raises concerns for their viability
- Fully hardware-accelerated CSS filters are available in Chrome/Chromium version 19 and newer
- The press are heralding the upcoming Chrome version 21 as being optimized for web-based gaming
- Facebook is trying to stop a browser plugin-based worm that uses the Crossrider cross-platform plugin creation tool.
- A Tizen developer ran the RingMark test on Tizen, Android, and iPhone smartphones. Tizen was the clear leader with 141 passed Ring 1 tests.
- The authors of Scirra, an HTML5 gaming framework, did an HTML5 desktop/mobile gaming shootout using 23 different combinations of browsers and devices. Firefox got the highest score for desktop but the lowest for Android 4.0.
Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.
- Opera announced it reached 189.6 million mobile users, a new version of Opera Mini for basic phones and a partnership with America Movil and one with Bharti Airtel
- 65% of all Androids run Gingerbread, 19% Froyo and 7% Ice Cream Sandwich
- The hardware section of the Play Store expansing with accessories
- Researchers found security flaws in Google Bouncer
- HTC and Sony partnered to augment their mobile offerings
- First Android device on x86 architecture available in Europe
- Samsung Galaxy S III landing in market, Galaxy Note 2 rumoured to launch in October
- Asus, Acer and Toshiba to be among Windows 8 tablet manufacturers
- Video of Tizen on Samsung reference device available
- By 2015 smartphones will account for 75% of new phones sold
Marketing, Press & Public Reaction
- Finalizing materials for releases later this week; getting started on the next round of releases.
- LMesa and GJimenez finishing handoff to LForrest; LForrest to take lead in earnest next week.
- Six Good Reasons to Download Firefox 13
- Firefox 13: A Faster, Smarter Web Browser
- Firefox 13 Releases A Day Before Official Launch
- Firefox 13 Arrives with Snazzy Features that Rival Chrome
Questions, Comments, FYI
- If you see :gps, give him a giant hug, or a beer.