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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

  • 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

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases


  • Dogfooding
    • Creating the sign up forms and web app
    • Filed some bugs around tracking pre-release users
    • Selected a phone, plan for setup
    • Over the air updates coming
    • As soon as we have stable build and above all setup, we will launch program
    • Targeting late Sept/early Oct
  • Key milestone coming up 9/28

Firefox Desktop

Release (15, 10esr)

  • 15.0.1 released last Thursday to resolve the PB leak

Beta (16)

  • Beta 2 released last Friday
  • Beta 3 building, will be released Friday

Aurora (17)

  • Planning to uplift CTP blocklisting to Aurora 17

Nightly (18)

Firefox Mobile

  • We broke 1 million ADIs yesterday (combining Fx14, Fx15 and Fx16)

Release (15)

  • 15.0.1 has some crash and keyboard fixes

Beta (16)

  • Feedback solicitation is working
  • ARMv6 support released in beta 2

Aurora (17)

  • More Reader and WebApp fixes landing

Nightly (18)

  • Updater issues should be fixed
  • Upside-down flash video on honeycomb is fixed bug 786248
  • OOM telemetry added
  • sharing from reader mode bug 788157


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: ✓



Feedback Summary


Trending issues this week:

  • Reports of general slowness.[1] These reports are not solely related to website performance, but general internet slowness as well. One report claims it is Flash related[2]. We are in the process of doing outreach to users for direct 1 on 1 support.
  • Catalyst HWA crashes - This issue continues to drive traffic to SUMO. We are in the process of doing 1 to 1 support with users.
  • Trusteer 1205.4 and below causing Flash crashes - Recommended by many banks, older versions of Trusteer are causing significant conflicts with Flash. 1205.8 resolves the issue and is available for all platforms/OS. [3]. We are going to track this for the next week and see if users are updated to a non-affected version.
  • Issues with Google sites - We are getting a lot reports specifically about gmail slowness (Spdy?[4]). Lots of youtube issues, like buttons not loading [5].
  • Mac Updates failing - We are updating our documentation to address this issue. It will suggest a clean install if the update fails.


Google Play: No Major issues this week. 15.0.1 has fixed the Keyboard issue we were seeing last week.

Note: Feedback Solicitation has landed on Beta, already seeing promising results. This will help us gain more actionable feedback once it lands in Release.


User Experience - design and research

Light update this week -- most of the team was either just at MozCamp or is doing college recruiting this week.

  • [desktop]
    • [Australis] (Zhenshuo, Blake, Stephen)
      • user-feedback testing (using an interactive design prototype) completed last week: 11 users with a mix of gender, age, PC & Mac, customization level, browser; analyzing results and speccing out design revisions this week
      • Stephen gave a presentation about Australis at MozCamp -- here are the slides - look for a blog post soon!
    • [dev tools] (Brian Dils)
    • [Social API] (Boriss)
      • Working pieces majoritively landed, still some polish bugs, mainly on chat window behavior and icons and interaction
      • Next areas of focus are notifications of incoming messages and content
      • Working on messaging and PR around how we will announce SocialAPI to developers & users
    • [hometab/newtab] (Boriss)
    • [webRTC] (Boriss)
      • WebRTC/GetUserMedia being worked on this week and next for standard requirements, including permission notifications and active feed warning (mockup here)
      • How an active feed surfaces being tweaked after soliciting feedback, likely to exist outside of tab in question so easily findable
  • [android] (ibarlow)
    • revised designs for Android Snippets (formerly Google Cloud Messaging)
    • Currently consolidating and iterating on concepts for
      • Improved First Run / Update UX
      • Private Browsing / Guest Mode
      • Improved Sync Setup Flow / First Run UX
      • Search enhancements (widget, better search suggestions/autocomplete)
      • Safe Browsing UI Refresh
      • Tweaking strings for new updater
    • sneak preview of of all of these things
  • [other/future]
    • a comprehensive search study is being rolled out today through test pilot (Ilana)
    • releasing another Heatmap study next week. Results will be available shortly thereafter. (Ilana, Gregg)
    • MozCamp: Bill Selman and Mary Trombley presented about user-research and led an ideation session with community members called "Firefox: What Should be Next?"

Market Insights

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • Marketing: Firefox 16 -- we'll be "silent" for the first time ever; we're considering making that story we focus on during that timeframe. Firefox 17 -- Social API Bonanza.


  • about:home android snippet takeover started yesterday with accompanying animations.
  • ARMv6 support of 800mhz/512mb phones in FX16 went live last week
    • We pushed a supporting blog post on Future of Firefox asking for help testing
    • No significant changes to Beta downloads or feedback
  • Talk continue with agencies regarding mobile cross-promotional advertising


Private browsing bug fixed in Firefox 15.0.1
Firefox 15.0.1 fixes bug that exposed websites visited in private browsing mode

Mozilla beefing up JavaScript performance with new JIT compiler
Mozilla juices Firefox's JavaScript with IonMonkey

Only 30% of Firefox Users Can Access Browser Hardware Acceleration

Mozilla publishes Add-on Guidelines draft for Firefox, asks for your feedback

Why Chrome Hasn't Killed Mozilla Firefox

Questions, Comments, FYI

Actions this week

2 carry-overs from this week

  • Matt/Cheng to collate PDF.js feedback
  • Gavin to update on the state of 3rd party add on drops