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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


Firefox Desktop

Release (13, 10esr)

  • External issues with FF13
    • bug 762062 – Firefox startup crash in JS_HoldPrincipals (Correlation to Skype
      • Skype believes they have a fix rolling out in a matter of days, so we've decided to hold off on blocklisting

Beta (14)

Aurora (15)

  • Unless any new blockers are found, background updates will be enabled for Windows users by early next week

Nightly (16)

  • A couple of good fixes for the Desktop Web Runtime
    • bug 745980 - integrate breakpad and crash reporter into desktop webapp runtime
    • bug 755557 - support blocklisting flash versions
  • Arrow panels have been redesigned:
    • bug 765714 - Reduce the arrow panel arrow size
    • bug 764755 - Remove the aero glass style border of arrow panels and reduce the arrow size
  • Snappy fixes
    • bug 702344 - (PermissionManagerIO) Squash main thread PermissionManager sqlite outputs (moz_hosts table)
    • bug 734015 - Slow down parsing of web pages in background tabs.
  • bug 761763 - Re-enable Mac a11y in nightly

Firefox Mobile

Beta (14)

  • Fennec Native 14.01 beta 8 is available, but will not be shipped externally

Aurora (15)

  • New Tabs UI for phones (with swipe) and the beginnings of our tablet UI are being uplifted today
    • Honeycomb (tablet) Flash support is expected before the end of this cycle

Nightly (16)


  • If you have opinions or feelings about what the architecture or UI of multiple Persona/BrowserId, AITC, store, sync accounts, fennecs on the same phone will look like, please make your feelings known this week.
    • ping :ally to get involved with that conversation

Firefox Sync

  • Thiiiiiiiiiiis close to Native Fennec. \o/

Apps In the Cloud Server

  • quiet days early next week. (no deployments)

BrowserId/Persona Server

  • quiet days early next week. (no deployments)

Add-on SDK

Release (1.7 -> Firefox 12, 13)

Stabilization (1.8 -> Firefox 13, 14)

  • SDK 1.8 is on track to be released next Tuesday, June 26th

Development ( 1.9 -> Firefox 14, 15 )

  • Jetpack CommonJS loader landed on m-c Tuesday, June 19th.



  • 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 in Nightly - check them out!
  • Apps in the Cloud
    • AITC client for desktop landed for FF15
    • AITC client for mobile aimed to start for FF16

Feedback Summary


We are currently experiencing a largely negative sentiment mostly due to the Flash issues. At this point 1/3 or more of all negative comments on Input and 18 or Top 20 SUMO threads are related to Flash. Roughly 60,000 users have seen the SUMO documentation for the issue. Anything we can do to give them better visibility will help.

  • RealPlayer Record - Users are upset with the block as they want to use the feature. [1] [2]
  • Yahoo log out every few minutes - Still seeing this sporadically [3][4][5][6]


Top three issues (startup speed, memory consumption and flash support) are all fixed in Firefox for Android Beta. Market rating is up another 10th of a point this week! See themes/review quotes below.

Issue theme: evangelism, making sure users get served the best content for facebook and google

Overall, beta7 is sweet: "Faster Fox This new version is faster than anything I've used to browse on my phone to date."

"Excellent Nice UI, great performance."

"Zilla luv Now this is what I wanted...keep up the great work. Fast, sync able ...hell yeah, this is fire Fox!!"

"perfect nice with flash and much smoother…"

"Much improved This new version is ready for prime time"

UX & User Research

UX Design

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform







Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • Top Developers allowed to reply to reviews in the Google Play store
  • Dolphin Engine is a new implementation of the mobile browser with enhancements on the platform level scoring 450 points on
  • Samsung Galaxy S III getting good reviews
  • Microsoft announced a tablet line for Windows 8 called Surface
  • Entry-level devices to account for 40% of the smartphone market in China in 2015, up from 25% currently
  • Postpaid subscriptions first time on the decline in the US
  • Bharti Airtel and Softbank to open mobile portal in India

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • Gathering marketing materials for next releases
  • Engagement team brewing up several new campaigns to launch in Q3


Questions, Comments, FYI

  • I warned you it was coming - bug 766286 to create a ProductCoordination vidyo room

Actions this week

  • sheila to confirm where people can find updated/detailed product reqs for basecamp
  • kev to report back status on google play access