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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


  • Sheila gathering a big triage together, more updates as events warrant

Firefox Desktop

No voice updates today, in a conflicting meeting. -akeybl

Release (13, 10esr)

  • We are spinning a FF13.0.1 release today, for likely release Friday.
  • We are in our second week of the cycle - Firefox 14 Beta 7 will be shipping this week
  • The FF13 post-mortem will be held next Tuesday at 9AM PT

Beta (14)

Aurora (15)

  • There are still plans to re-enable bg updates on Aurora in the next couple of weeks, will keep everybody updated.

Nightly (16)

Firefox Mobile

Beta (14)

  • We expect Beta 7 to be released today or tomorrow, after a re-spin

Aurora (15)

Nightly (16)

  • Features like Tablet UI, Tabs List, Reading Mode and Webapp Support are landing and will cause some disruption. This is expected. Please file bugs as you find them.
Friends of Mobile
Shout out to xmixahlx for keeping the Firefox on Android ARMv6 builds going. Read more about the ongoing work and feedback from users here: (14 pages)


Firefox Sync

Apps In the Cloud Server

Add-on SDK

Release (1.7 -> Firefox 12, 13)

  • Doing well

Stabilization (1.8 -> Firefox 13, 14)

Development (1.9 -> Firefox 14, 15)

  • On track to merge to stabilization June 26th, 2012
  • Alex Poirot has written a jetpack-repacker to get dependencies, check xpi against official md5sums, unpack and repack SDK addons. (Need this file in same folder in order to work.)
    • given a xpi, it gives you the list of modules it uses
    • unpack an add-on to source code, and repack
    • checks md5 sums, so we can figure out whether it's using a patched version of the SDK


  • Native BrowserID/Persona support for signing into websites working patch (with NSS crypto)
  • Patches will be up for review soon


  • Firefox Desktop 15 (Aurora)
    • Landed: 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 16 (Nightly) - in progress
    • Features: Native Install and chromeless window launch
    • Proposed marketplace bundling with Fennec is an open issue. See bug 738545
    • Starting to land some features
  • Apps in the Cloud
    • AITC client for desktop landed for FF15

Feedback Summary



Flash crash/won't load: We are seeing a decrease in new forum threads. We've updated our documentation accordingly. [1] [2] [3]

Hotmail inbox/loading: [4] [5] [6] [7]

Yahoo forced to sign in over and over: [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

SPDY Issues: [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]

Thumbnails are blank: Possibly just a user education issue [18] [19] [20] [21] [22]


New Tab: Generally unfavorable due in part to user education as displayed here "I submitted sad feedback because I want blank page when opening new tab. Should have read help first. Past history now turned off now very happy thanks Firefox"

Bad: 76% [23] [24] [25]

Love it: 10%

  • Hey, Your new view with the tabs, I love it! I switched to Safari b/c of this, but now I'm back! Great change!
  • Love the new tab setup!!! Smart/great thinken
  • the new tab feature is GREAT
  • Firefox just updated and when I went to open a new tab I saw the new feature where the sites I visit frequently are displayed on the screen as an option to be selected from. What a great idea it is to include this. Thanks.

Improvements: 10% "Can we make the new tab interface more configurable? I want the option to load my home page when opening a new tab. Or I want to be able to choose what sites display more easily. Maybe an "Add to tab page" option on bookmarks?"

Home page: Generally unfavorable. Lots of confusing with new tab page.

Bad: [26] [27]

Love it:

  • i liked the 'download' in the new home page, so i must not go to 'tools' first :)
  • the new homepage layout is sleek and easy to get to settings and addons
  • I liked the new tab :D and the new "about:home" page !! Keep it up with your fire firefox !! :D :D


(Just read the wiki today please)

Top three dissatisfiers (startup speed, memory consumption, Flash support) are fixed in Firefox Beta! Beta is a 4-star product in Google Play, with Beta6 getting 43 five-star written reviews.

Themes: "better than Chrome beta" "makes my work much easier" "downloading is very stable" "love the way it syncs tabs a bookmarks with my laptop"

Low reviews themes: text selection & copy/paste; google search looks old (work is in-progress to fix both)

We have blocked tablets, so we saw a couple of questions on SUMO about that (we improved documentation to fix)

We also updated documentation to address the prerequisite uninstallation of sync'ed aurora/beta/nightly before syncing the final release version.

User requests: import bookmarks from another mobile browser

UX & User Research


  • [web RTC] spinning work back up on RTC -0.1 level mockup here (Boriss)
  • [Android] (Ian) -
    • Try the nightly and don't freak out! reading mode, tabs tray, custom menu, and more! (all WIP)
    • Starting to dig into UX implications of being on ARMv6 phones
    • Ian's notes from mobile dev meeting
      • Tab UI refinement on tablets and phones
      • Reader Mode - locking down designs
      • Working through Reading List designs
      • UX for Bookmarks History import
      • Awesomebar refresh implementation
      • Designs for tablet Start Page coming soon
      • Addressing some questions that are popping up around the new orange selection colour, and custom overflow menu design
  • [Metro] (Yuan)
    • Front end dev kick-off on Tuesday
    • iterating on metro "snapped view"
    • finishing video sketch for basic browsing
  • [Desktop]
    • UI reviewing and prototyping In-Browser Translation (Yuan, with Frank and Jonathan)
    • Continuing to check Australis designs against new heat map usage data (Zhenshuo)
    • Interaction work on the Australis customization panel (Zhenshuo, Stephen)


Summary below, update here and in your inbox.

  • Activation rate for Android devices reached 900 000 units / day
  • iOS6 has been announced, features Siri enhancements, Facebook integration, optimizations for the Chinese market
  • Opera partnered with VimpelCom
  • Tablet owners in the US are 3 times as likely to watch video as smartphone users
  • Android and iOS users to be consuming on average more than 2 or 3 times the amount of data per month than Windows, Symbian or Blackberry users
  • Rumoured Google Nexus 7-inch tablet to feature Tegra 3 CPU and 1 GB of RAM
  • Leaked details of Windows Phone 8 to show Skype and RCS integration
  • Samsung joined the Board of the Linux Foundation
  • Telefonica and Vodafone to build joint venture in Great Britain
  • China Telecom to be expanding in Europe to target 2 million Chinese expats
  • Samsung launched TecTiles, consumer programmable NFC tags


Welcome new Senior User Researcher, Lindsay Kenzig! She will work on ID and Firefox.

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform




  • At Apple's World Wide Developer Conference this week, Apple presented some of the recent changes to the Safari web browser, some of which had already been seen in OS X Mountain Lion preview builds. The updated browser will feature a unified search and address bar, synced tabs via iCloud, a new "Tab View" interface, Baidu as the standard search engine in China and "the fastest Javascript interpreter on the market"

Facebook / Social Networks

  • Facebook launched App Center, a personalized dashboard that "aims to improve app discovery across the web and mobile devices". More than 600 social apps were included. At the launch, Facebook said that they had more than 130 games with one million users or more, and that they drove people to the Apple App Store 83 million times last month.
  • Interestingly, in the App Center, only randomly-sampled users will be able to provide app ratings, in an effort to reduce the impact of manipulation.
  • Samsung indicated that they were planning to launch a Facebook competitor


  • The Chrome team, in their dev channel, released the first build of Chrome for Windows 8. Here are some screenshots
  • Google's Chrome Web Store is now available in Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. There have also been some improvements in the analytics available to developers.
  • Also in the Chrome Web Store is an improved PageSpeed Insights tool, an extension that analyzes all aspects of the page load, including resources, network, DOM, and the timeline.
  • Perhaps because of the increasing availability of "retina" displays, Chrome Canary builds now support the CSS image-resolution property.
  • Chrome 20 will now feature a timer with microsecond precision, allowing much more accurate timing for profiling.


  • Microsoft stated that the upcoming release of MSIE10 will support unprefixed versions of CSS gradients, animations, transitions, transforms, font-feature-settings, the indexed database API and requestAnimationFrame. A number of other properties will also be supported in prefixed form.
  • "Pinned sites" in Windows 8 can now sport a 144x144 pixel tile image and custom colours if the site author includes some custom meta tags in their HTML.


  • The Opera team produced a long list of all the properties in the upcoming version 12 release of Opera that will support animation.


  • The Chrome team also released a breakdown of a second security breach that was revealed by Google's Pwnium contest earlier this year. This one made use of some XSS vulnerabilities in Chrome's URL handling.
  • Yesterday was Patch Tuesday and Microsoft released fixes for 26 vulnerabilities, including one zero-day Internet Explorer bug that affects all versions, even MSIE10.




Marketing, Press & Public Reaction



Questions, Comments, FYI

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