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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# 99696 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 99696 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: ProductCoordination
  • Vidyo Guest URL
These notes are read by people who weren't able to attend the meeting. Please make sure to include links and context so they can be understood.

Actions from Last Week

  • blassey to schedule l10n meeting for mobile
  • sam m to plug our privacy policy in store
  • catlee to come back on highdpi testing q
    • no changes required at this point; doesn't block landing of highdpi support

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

  • FF15 beta 5 is underway (Desktop & Mobile)


Firefox Desktop

Release (14, 10esr)

Beta (15)

Aurora (16)

Nightly (17)

  • Bug 753448 - [New Tab Page] preload newtab pages in the background and swap them in when opening a new tab
  • Bug 719320 - Implement DOM3 wheel event
  • Bug 574229 - [Mac] Choosing "New Window" from Firefox's dock menu does not open the new window in the active Space
  • Bug 764213 - Implement provisional Desktop UI for website sign-in with Persona

Firefox Mobile

Release (14)

Beta (15)

Aurora (16)

Nightly (17)


Firefox Sync

Apps In the Cloud Server

Add-on SDK

Release (1.9 -> Firefox 14, 15)

Stabilization (1.10 -> Firefox 15, 16)

Development (1.11 -> Firefox 16, 17)

Development priorities:

  • need a hotfix to match weakmap changes in nightly
  • landing SDK modules in m-c
  • working with UX on navigation bar add-on integration
  • pleased to note that Firefox on Metro will support the SDK ( eventually )

Work week coming up in August in London UK, as well as lots of Add-on activity at Mozcamp EU.



Developer Experience

(no audible... just adding notes to the wiki)

  • Work is afoot to build a library of UI components that web developers can use to get going quickly on B2G apps (talk to Daniel Buchner if you need details on this)
  • Last week, Kevin Dangoor posted a screencast and article about remote debugging in Firefox which is coming in Firefox 15. A blog post about the new command line in Firefox 16 is in the works.
  • Plans are coming together for a "DevHub" that will provide a good starting point for documentation and other resources for B2G/Apps developers. The documentation itself will live on MDN, but the index pages are planned for Marketplace.

Feedback Summary


Flash continues to be one of our most prominent issues. What are the implications of the new version of Flash? Is it better worse than 11.2 or 10.3 from a crashing standpoint. What sort of efforts are we working on around messaging?


Trending Topics/Issues in v14 English Rating Comments (August 7th to August 13th):

  • Crashing(HTC Desire HD [2], HTC Sensation 4G, Droid X2, Droid 2, Samsung Galaxy S)
  • Copy and Paste / Text Selection
  • General Slowness
  • Home Screen (can't set it)
  • Won't Connect

Good Points:

  • Many more reviews from users who initially Rated Firefox low, but then came back and liked the newer version
  • Many reports this week of how fast Firefox is in the new version. The Slowness issue is very vague, am keeping an eye on it to try to notice any trends.


25 Sad faces on Input in the Past Week ( No common themes this week.


Trending Topics/Issues in v15 English Rating Comments (August 7th to August 13th):

Average rating: 4.0 (up another 10th of a point)

This Week's worth of Reviews Average Rating: 4.1

13,966 Total Reviews (+607)

Trending Topics/Issues in Rating Comments (August 8th to August 14th)

  • Crashing (Galaxy Tab 10.1 [multiple reports, something we should pursue?])
  • Freezing (Asus Infinity, Nexus 7, Galaxy S3)
  • Evangelism (Google Voice)

Good Points:

Many Users very happy with the Beta, few reports of speed or performance problems.

UX & User Research

UX Design

  • [desktop]
    • [Australis]
      • Customization mode
        • making final refinements to the interaction prototype in preparation for user-testing (drag to toolbar behavior, left click and double-click behaviors, search/edit/zoom) (Zhenshuo and Blake)
        • Organizing the user-feedback test. Pilot test this week and starting recruiting; user testing August 27 & 30, Sept. 4-7 (Zhenshuo)
    • [dev tools] an initial attempt at a Dev Tools UI framework: mockup here - getting feedback from devtools engineering team (Brian Dils)
    • [Social API] (Boriss)
      • Adjusting bugs previously slotted for Firefox 16 for 17, reviewing string changes (possibly additions) needed on them
      • Designing icons needed for a specific partner's feature, making sure they appear correctly in builds once added
      • Describing scenarios and making mockups to show value of feature for engagement team
      • Working with flyover notification limitations on a workable solution for activated content
    • [hometab/newtab] Continuing to digitize sketches, will solicit feedback on a few ideas this week (Boriss)
    • [Stub Installer] Supporting implementation; screenshots of RTL language behavior here (from Robert Strong)
    • URL bar improvements - filing & helping on bugs around improving URL bar functionality, specifically around keywords and Google commands (Boriss)
  • [metro] (yuan)
    • Iterated layout UI: changes on app bar and new tab: mockups ; bug 782765
    • Figured out behaviors of URL bar related to viewport with front-end team: viewport is pushed down only when user stays on top of site content. Once user starts scrolling, content and URL bar should go up in the same speed. bug 774857
    • Awesome screen (autocomplete function) is mostly aligned: bug 747789; Scaffolding in for Start page implementation (adding bookmarks + history)
    • Cleaning up content in Setting charm within the team.
  • [sync/identity] Working on the revised sync setup proposal (zhenshuo)
  • [privacy/security] concepts for Mixed Content (i.e ssl and non-ssl); next step - on to visual design (Larissa)
  • [other/future]
    • [Collaborative Space Planning] (Yuan)
      • Got in touch with WPR team about the requests of space on the new floors
      • Sketching out a few ideas on improving remote collaborations and space saving

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform




  • Google posted a review of their progress with Flash in Chrome. It is now fully encased in strong sandbox, using the Pepper API and offers stronger support of GPU-powered rendering and scrolling. By "eliminating the complexity and legacy code associated with NPAPI, we've reduced Flash crashes by 20%". Available on Windows XP and up as well as Linux, Pepper API-powered Flash for Mac OS X is coming soon.
  • Chrome's apps platform has received the enhancements that were announced last month. Developers can build apps that "break out of the browser, work offline by default, and enable richer, more immersive experiences."
  • Google has significantly increased the bounties paid for reported security vulnerabilities.
  • Google was also required to pay a $22.5m fine for tracking users of Apple's Safari browser.


  • Microsoft released a security update for MSIE that addresses four important vulnerabilities.


  • Opera has, in 12.02, disabled out-of-process plugins (like Adobe Flash), because of stability problems.
  • In the upcoming Opera 12.50 release, Opera will remove CSS prefixes for CSS gradients as well as previously-announced transitions, animations, and transforms. They have also said they will support the -webkit-prefixed syntax for linear-gradient. Opera will then support 14 -webkit-prefixed CSS properties.


  • PC World published an interesting article about Firefox's proposed click-to-play feature for plugins, including some expert interviews that talk about the pros and cons of the feature.


  • HP has spun out the WebOS business unit into a new cloud-and-user-experience company called Gram.


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox. No audible today, just the written version.

  • Trial between Samsung and Apple reveals more history of smartphone evolution, competitive analysis documents and user adoption motivations
  • Nokia survey shows that a device with a QWERTY keyboard is important in any platform portfolio
  • Q2 results show Android and iOS on the rise, Blackberry and Symbian in decline
  • Rumours point to a new, 10-inch version of the Kindle Fire to be released in the fall
  • Opera opened offices in SiliconValley

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • Mobile
    • New Privacy Policy Field in Google Play store
      • Appears as a link on the app description page, can link to our privacy policy
      • Following up with privacy team
    • Facebook and Twitter Mobile Ads buy has continued. Results seem promising.
    • Work continues on upcoming campaigns. More details to come.


[Mark is in a comms work week today] We're finalizing materials and blog posts for 8/28 release cycle. If you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to me:

Developers' priorities laid bare in Mozilla survey

Mozilla adds old Java plugins to blocklist

Mozilla Firefox Translated to Maya language

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • [Michael Verdi] Any update on when the stub installer will go live?
  • Bhavana!

Actions this week

  • Sam M to confirm whether we are using the Android Market's new privacy policy field
  • Blassey to confirm that we have a locked in plan of record for other localizations
  • Matt and Benjamin to chase down details about how broad the latest adobe chemspill is (i.e. should we change our SUMO advice around 11.2, 10.3?)