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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

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases


Firefox Desktop

Release (16, 10esr)

Beta (17)

  • 17.0b1, rebuilding build2 for same bug and targetting Thursday afternoon release
  • Note: 17.0b2 is going to ship on Monday, October 22 at 7am PT for PR news cycle on Social API

Aurora (18)

  • First Aurora 18 update still being targeted for Friday, Oct 12th - currently with QA

Nightly (19)

  • It's Firefox 19 now!

Firefox Mobile

Release (16)

  • Chemspill 16.0.1 being built today, with ride-alongs (see Desktop Release notes for bug numbers)
  • Reader is getting positive reviews
  • Feedback is ending more people to Firefox Input (4x more)

Beta (17)

  • 17.0b2 will ship (as normal) on Friday Oct 19th since it doesn't fall into the PR news on Social Api that Desktop is shipping on Monday Oct 22nd for
  • Deciding on how to promote WebApps/Marketplace

Aurora (18)

  • reflow on zoom landed, defaulted off, but with a primary UI switch. Please help test
  • Safe browsing is now turned on. First Mobile browser to ship this feature
  • Telemetry probes for Awesomebar Perf and Android Startup Action
  • Put a major dent in our crash rate by fixing our top 5 crashers by signature

Nightly (19)

  • Private Browsing (per tab) landed, but UI will be defaulted off behind a perference


Firefox Sync

  • Firefox Account work is ramping up, first stage for the next generation of Sync

Product Announcements (formerly Android Snippets)

  • l10n-impacting pieces landed in advance of Fx18 merge to Aurora.
  • client service on track to land soon, may seek uplift to Aurora depending on timing/risk assessment
  • server component work ongoing

Add-on SDK

Release (1.10 -> Firefox 16, 17)

Stabilization (1.11 -> Firefox 17, 18)

Development (1.12 -> Firefox 18, 19)

Landing plan for Firefox

The core goals is to preserve current development ergonomics and maybe share those with other teams::

  • The canonical SDK repository remains on github.
  • Code can be contributed via pull requests or patches in bugzilla.
  • Changes to SDK modules should not require Firefox builds.

  • Weekly drops from the current github integration branch will be dropped into an HG branch, validated, then merged into m-c
  • SDK test suite will be integrated into the Mozlla test suite and run on each commit



Feedback Summary


Things are very stable at this point. Just one smaller issue:

  • Delicious add-on may be causing URL not to appear in awesome bar. Waiting for confirmation before filing bug [1]


Google Play Reviews are very positive for this Release. Feedback solicitation is working as expected, resulting in a significant increase in Input Feedback. Reader Mode and Performance are the biggest wins for us in this release.

User-Experience (design and research)

  • [desktop]
    • [Australis] (Zhenshuo, Shorlander)
      • starting work on ways to introduce/explain Australis on first-run/update
      • working with engineering to get from designs to implementation
    • [Social API] (Boriss)
      • Exploring alternatives to initial, simple dropdown multi-provider UI, sketching next version *** Mocking up parts of first install experience such as explanatory notifications on feature
      • Reviewing our marketing materials & text
    • [newtab2/hometab] (Boriss)
      • Iterating design document for new design (current WIP version can be downloaded here)
      • Soliticiting feedback on concept & converting to high fidelity mockups
  • [sync/identity] (zhenshuo)
    • iterating on Firefox Account proposal
    • research study on identity completed - results include a set of 5 distinct identity groups; more in this blog post, full report forthcoming (Mary, Lindsay)
  • [project SPF (security/privacy)] (larissa)
  • [webRTC] (Boriss)
    • Incorporating current design & ideas from Shorlander into more complete Australis version of feature
  • [Behavioral Segmentation Study] (Lindsay, Bill, Leo)
    • in the gory details of planning and participant recruiting
    • current list of upcoming field work locations: LA, Toronto, Charlotte
    • Leo designed and analyzed a survey exploring the relationship between psychological factors of user behavior and browser usage patterns, you can read more here:
  • [other/future]
    • Planning a "concept week" design sprint the week of October 22nd - turning user-research into design concepts

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform



  • Google announced Google Developers Live Presents, a "series of exclusive programming from Google Developers Live". All the sessions feature the use of newer web technologies behind Chrome Experiments.
  • Chrome Canary builds now offer support for AudioContext, which provides low-latency access to live audio from microphone or other audio inputs.
  • Google also published a set of standards, libraries and tools to assist Android developers to make "best-in-class" tablet apps.


  • Microsoft made a blog post and demo of their proposed Internationalization API for handling formatting of strings, date and time objects.
  • Microsoft also issued the first Security Advisory for Adobe Flash on Windows 8.



  • The Tizen 2.0 Alpha release was announced, adding a significant number of WebAPIs, HTML5 video subtitles and captions, the W3C screen orientation API, and many others.


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • 2012 stats: 38% of phones sold are under $39, average price of phones went up to $143, in 2013 more than 50% of all phones sold will be smart, 9% of all phones in use have dual-SIM support
  • Asia reached 1 billion Netizens, of which 794 million will be mobile users by the end of 2012
  • US Congressional report recommends away from business with Chinese network equipment manufacturers
  • LG rumored to be next Nexus OEM
  • Windows Phone 8 device line-up from Nokia and HTC expected to be available soon
  • Nokia introduced data compression app in App Store aimed at emerging markets
  • Amazon opened Japan as a market for app submissions
  • Samsung to merge Bada with Tizen

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction



  • Desktop reached an all-time ADI high yesterday -- CONGRATS!
  • Focus is on launching the Social API -- first to Beta, then to a GA audience November 20th w/Fx 17
  • Entire Engagement team OFFSITE next week Tue-Fri afternoon, we will be really hard to reach


  • Firefox for Android 16 was released yesterday with some great new features including Reader Mode, Feedback Solicitation, and Sync improvements
    • Feedback solicitation has produced great information, and we're on the cusp of a 4.0 star rating
      • SUMO: ≈180 pieces of input in a single day (previous around 10 per day)
      • Google Play: ≈900 new 5 star ratings and ≈30 1-star ratings
  • Mobile one-off email scheduled next week to feature Reader Mode
  • Creative meeting with Ansible this week to discuss mobile campaigns for Q1


Firefox 16 Launches With Safari-Like Reader Mode On Android, New Developer Tools On Desktop

Firefox 16 Offers New Tools for Web Developers

More HTML5 deemed ready-to-use in Firefox 16

Firefox 16 released with powerful developer tools

Firefox 16 launches with new developer tools, Reader Mode for Android

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • (Michael Verdi) Just curious, did we message Firefox 3.6 EOL again? We have a huge spike in visits to the 3.6 EOL article on SUMO over the last 24 hrs.
    • Facebook is altering 3.6 users that they need to update and they are linking to the article.
  • (Axel) on vacation for two weeks, CC :l10n on bugs, stas can answer questions, too

Actions this week