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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
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Actions from Last Week

  • Asa/Sheila to run the meeting 2 weeks hence
  • Cheng to summarize feedback on PDF.js.

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases



Firefox Desktop

Release (15, 10esr)

  • We're spinning up a 15.0.1 to address bug 787743 – Private Browsing mode not working in Firefox 15.0

Beta (16)

  • 16.0b2 will be released before the end of the week

Aurora (17)

  • Final copy work and support documentation around the 10.5 EOL is completing now, in preparation for an add-on hotfix

Nightly (18)

Firefox Mobile

Release (15)

Beta (16)

  • 16.0b2 with ARMv6 support is being released as we speak

Aurora (17)

Nightly (18)

  • new updater has landed


Firefox Sync

Apps In the Cloud Server

Add-on SDK

Release (1.9 -> Firefox 15, 16)

Stabilization (1.10 -> Firefox 16, 17)

Development (1.11 -> Firefox 17, 18)

Landing progress:

  • loader: ✓

No audible update today, however for an overview of last week's SDK work week please see this post on my blog. Some highlights:

  • great progress on navigation toolbar changes
  • many P1 issues fixed, reviewed & closed, including the landing of direct proxies which we hope will simplify and speed up SDK code related to content scripts
  • close to landing key tabs module support for Native Fennec, which has been a major roadblock for moving forward.



Feedback Summary


  • Still looking for Flash 10.3 guidance.
  • Stability issues - Lots of reports of exit crashing [1][2](Possibly Flash 11.4 related). Lots of general crashiness and perf issues [3][4] could be related to Catalyst update. Startup crashing is up as well [5][6]
  • Catalyst 12.8 update is causing crashing when HW acceleration is enabled. Seems to be crossfire related. [7][8]
  • Babylon update is causing issues.[9]
  • Norton issues on Mac are still hurting us.


Google Play:

First week of Google Play Reviews are very positive (Review average is much higher, roughly .2+ stars)


User Experience (Design and Research)

No voice update this week, but see below for an overview of all things Design and Research!

  •  [Mozcamp]
    • Blake, Mary, Bill, Stephen and Patryk will be there!
      • Stephen and Patryk giving a talk on App Design Guidelines for Firefox OS
      • Mary and Bill are leading an ideation session, titled "Firefox: What's next?"
  •  [desktop]
    •  [Australis]
      • Usability Testing on Australis Customization Prototype and synthesis results (zhenshuo)
  •  [project SPF (security and privacy)] (larissa)
    • Developing some general cog-sci based user insights for security UX design
  • [Other/future]
    • Project Hydra, an in-depth ethnography of how people experience and manage their lives online (versus the real world) is complete. Mary Trombley & Lindsay Kenzig led a 2-day workshop to ideate on findings. A final report will be available in the next few weeks. We expect multiple teams will find it useful.
    • Prototye exploration: looking at ways of making dragging URLs into email more interesting / useful by adding text and image snippets (bwinton)

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform



Open WebOS





Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • New hardware launches expected: Apple, Amazon, Windows 8
  • China to become the largest smartphone market by shipments in 2012
  • The Dolphin browser rumoured to be receiving second round of funding
  • Baidu launched an Android browser
  • Facebook, Google and Youtube the most popular mobile websites across Asia Pacific
  • Android top operating system in SE Asia except for Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • Focus is on projects and features that will increase ADIs: CDN (done), Stub Installer (green light), Social API (green light - Fx17), Tiger Team (first 4 projects kicking off) and other download projects (in design)


Firefox 16 Adds Charms For Developers

Mozilla previews "command line" in Firefox 16 Beta

Check out the new “command line” Developer Toolbar in Firefox 16

Latest Firefox Beta Offers Powerful New Tools for Web Developers

Questions, Comments, FYI

Actions this week

  • Sheila to run next week's meeting
  • Matt/Cheng to collate PDF.js feedback
  • Gavin to update on the state of 3rd party add on drops