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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)

  • Final sign-off occurred this morning
  • Beta 6 going out the door today
  • Merge to mozilla-release happening today
  • Final build will be Friday, between 10AM PT and 12 PM PT
  • Release of FF17 and ESR17 will move forward on Tuesday 11/20

Aurora (18)

  • Beta 18 and Aurora 19 will be pushed out on 11/26

Nightly (19)

Firefox Mobile

Release (16)

Beta (17)

  • Support for ARMv6 will ship with Fx17
  • Respinning 17b6 for an Android 4.2 crash
  • Remaining concerns around bug 811763 – Crash reporter dialog not working on Android 4.2

Aurora (18)

Nightly (19)

  • Swiping between tabs in awesomescreen
  • Proxy support
  • Multi-window support on Samsung Note and SIII
  • Allow last tab to be closed

Firefox Metro

  • Some UX work
    • URLBar: Clean up buttons, style the URL and add highlight/hover states
    • Tabs bar: Re-working the style and adding highlight/hover states.
    • Start page: Working on an alternative design with colored tiles
  • Initial scrub of feature tracking bugs to create high level timeline; elancaster submitting wish list for bug tracking/policy to help expedite this process by end of day today.


Firefox Sync

No news.

Product Announcements

Is in 18, disabled. Awaiting hardware and server-side deployment (in progress) before testing and enabling.

Firefox Health Report

We're in the process of preparing the initial landing of Firefox Health Report for a forthcoming Nightly. This will include collection of a minimal set of measurements (mainly basic app info like which product this is), UI for opting out of collection/submission, and submission of those measurements in a privacy-aware way to our metrics infrastructure for analysis.

You can read Mitchell's thoughts on the importance of this effort here:

and Gilbert's here:

This feature has had code review (of course), privacy review, and has gone all the way up to the top and back down again.

Questions? Let rnewman be your point of contact (though gps should be the recipient of beer and applause). For press inquiries, I bet the Press Team is the right target:

Add-on SDK

Release (1.11 -> Firefox 16, 17)

Stabilization (1.12 -> Firefox 17, 18)

Development (1.13 -> Firefox 18, 19)



Feedback Summary


Things are smooth this week in Desktop. One newer issue of note:

  • Many users are reporting being hijacked by Claro Search[1][2][3]. We've already reached out to the AMO team for investigation.


Nothing new this week, re-spinning 17b6 to pick up bug 802510 which is already picking up a lot of traction on feedback channels. Getting geared up for 17 next week.

User Experience (Design & Research)

  • [desktop]
    • [Australis] (Zhenshuo, Stephen)
    • [dev tools] Updated DevTools UI mockup: live HTML mockup (Requires layout.css.flexbox.enabled;true in Nightly) (Stephen)
    • [Social API] (Boriss)
      • Watching for beta-discovered bugs, such as panel display errors and text readability
      • Iterating on multi-provider mockups for next version
    • [newtab2/hometab] (Boriss, Blake)
      • Finalizing three design variations to iterate in prototypes and subsequently test
      • Meeting with research to determine how to determine and test success criteria
      • Updating design document to reflect adjustments, three variations
  • [webRTC] (Boriss)
    • Adding strings & options to menu mockups to accommodate non-default cases (such as blacklisting sites)
    • Working on mockups for global shutdown of camera/mic access
    • Working on solution to edge case users with many (>10) devices
    • Meeting with Privacy to discuss shutdown and notification cases
  • [metro] (yuan)
    • IxD design on pinning top site: mockup. bug 808770
    • Supporting top site UI implementation:
    • Display top sites in full-screen view bug 794028; Top sites in snap view bug 801000
    • Presented syncd tabs mockup and semantic zoom mockup on start page to UX team, and identified the LOE with metro team
    • Updated FX Metro user stories and user flows: etherpad
    • Proposed a polishing UI todo list within Metro team. Will prioritize todo items with Stephen.
  • [android] (ibarlow)
    • [Private Browsing]
    • [Themes] landed! Talking to Markeplace about a timeline to make a mobile web UX.
    • [Widget] small and large -
    • [UI Responsiveness]
    • [First Run] Pulling apart 1st time UX vs Update UX; preparing interactive prototypes
    • [Search enhancements] We have a rough working prototype and working on design iterations this week
    • [About:home customization] Work happening in bug
    • [Up next]
      • New about:home design
      • Menu customization
  • [Behavioral Segmentation Study] (Lindsay, Bill, Leo, Mary)
    • Last week, Cori, Lindsay, and Bill were in Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Toronto respectively conducting in-person interviews with eight participants each. Members of the UX, product management, SUMO, and engineering teams came along to observe the interviews.
    • This week, Mary is running the online diary component of the study with 45 participants which will last five days.
    • We will spend the next several weeks pulling together our data from the studies and analyzing it together. We'll have more detail in the coming weeks.

Market insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform




Mobile Telephony


  • Opera 12.10 was released, and now offers integration with the Mac OS X Mountain Lion Notification Center and built-in sharing of pages with Facebook and Twitter. Inertia scrolling and pinch-to-zoom is also now available on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
  • Opera now supports prefetching DNS lookups when the user hovers over a link.


  • Kaspersky looked at a sample of 10 million machines and found that only 77% of them had the latest version of the browser. Firefox users were the most likely to have an outdated browser.



Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • Samsung sold 56 million units in Q3, Apple 27 million, Huawei 16 million and Sony 8.8 million
  • increasing penetration of computer manufacturers in the mobile device market and the increasing influence of Asia-based OEMs in the top tiers of the industry
  • Nokia launched HERE, location-based services aimed at horizontal deployment across platforms
  • Android increased its distance from Apple in Q3 as measured by shipments
  • Gingerbread at 54% of the market, Ice Cream Sandwich at 26%, Froyo at 12%, Eclair at 3%, Jelly Bean at 2.7% and Honeycomb at 2%. Historical version distribution
  • Africa, the second-biggest mobile region by subscribers, is one of the most engaged ones

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction



  • Upcoming release communications:
    • FX17 will include ARMv6 support as well as a11y. ARMv6 support is planned for 14 devices including the HTC ChaCha, Motorola Fire, and LG Galaxy Ace.
    • FX18 will feature Search Suggestions as well as Phishing and Malware Protection
  • Current Projects
    • 9 new fennec snippets are planned for the remainder of Q4 focused on Desktop-to-mobile conversion
    • Continued ASO (app store optimization) changes focused on improving search position in the Google Play Store
    • Starting a project to improve the download funnel on the Aurora mobile download page
  • Recent & Planned Communications
    • November 14: Facebook and Twitter posts planned for November 14th to promote "holiday shopping"
    • Nov 20: Release Blog Post
    • Nov 20-23: Twitter & FB Ads


Firefox turned Eight last week:

Yesterday Nokia announced Mozilla (Firefox OS) as a partner for it's new location and maps service, HERE

This weekend's MozFest in London was a success. Announced on Monday: Popcorn Maker 1.0

Questions, Comments, FYI

Actions this week