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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PT, 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

Current Releases

  • Summary
    • All non-current versions of Silverlight will now be CTP blocklisted on Windows for Firefox 17 and up
    • All non-current versions of Adobe Reader will now be CTP blocklisted on Windows for Firefox 17 and up
    • Recent versions of Java (other than current) that have not already been softblocked will now be CTP blocklisted on all platforms

Beta (128)

  • Firefox 18 beta 4 went out the door last week
  • Firefox 18 beta 5 went to build yesterday and planned for Friday(Dec 21) release
  • Firefox 18 Beta 6 will go to build next Thursday(Dec 27), release Friday
  • We'll evaluate b6 feedback the week of the 31st, and release FF18 the following Tuesday (1/8)
  • Plan to CTP block all non-current Flash versions before the end of January, now that bug 800018 and bug 810082 are fixed.

Aurora (54)

Nightly (129)

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Beta (128)

  • IME fix uplifted

Aurora (54)

  • IME fixes uplifted
  • Lightweight theme fixes uplifted

Nightly (129)

  • Plugin crashes fixed
  • Lots of IME fixes
  • Less painting during panning
  • Improved FPS during canvas drawing
  • Android x86 nightlies and tbpl
    • updates from 12/18 -> 12/19 didn't work, we're investigating

Firefox Metro

The Firefox Metro Wiki Knows All

  • Working on the remaining requirements for for the Elm -> mozilla-central merge; see platform meeting notes for details
  • Made a decision that we will not develop a shared profile solution for v1. We will instead work towards NextGen Sync as our solution.
  • UX team working on designs for bookmarking in Metro; for details see the UX notes.
  • Front-end team working on downloads; top sites; keyboard support; theme polish; browser-chrome tests and infrastructure.
  • Metro will not be riding the trains as standard Firefox does and will instead feel a lot like the Fennec re-write in the first half of 2012.
  • Will ensure we have a good switch for turning off the Metro half of the build so we don't uplift something that's not ready.
  • Will ensure PR gets a heads up on m-c landing so they can be prepared.


Firefox Sync

Product Announcements

Add-on SDK

Release (1.12 -> Firefox 17, 18)

Stabilization (1.13 -> Firefox 18, 19)

Development (1.14 -> Firefox 19, 20)

  • SDK 1.12 has no major issues
  • good progress on landing plans
  • talking to UX/UR and considering strategies for the future of Testpilot, could have implicatins for mobile & Firefox OS as well.
  • SDK is adding an extra car to it's train release schedule as well, next release is 1.13 on January 29th.



Feedback Summary


We are monitoring CTP Feedback, so far little feedback has rolled in, but we expect that to change by end of day.


Everything is running smoothly for Mobile, expect the last report of the year in your inboxes this week. We will resume your scheduled programming next year.


  • [desktop]
    • [misc]
    • [Australis] (Zhenshuo, Shorlander)
    • [Social API] (Boriss)
      • Reviewing new bugs for needed UI/mockup (see mockups)
    • [newtab2] (Boriss)
      • Connecting with stakeholders to identify requirements and solicit suggestions ahead of Q1 testing
      • Working on designs once users are logged in, connecting with Aaron on how more integrated user interaction would change New Tab behavior (see mockups)
      • Working on design document which outlines designs and testing plan (see document)
  • [gUM] Working on design changes to notification UI to enable release for Firefox 20 (see mockups) (Boriss)
  • [metro] (yuan)
    • Find bar in metro theme landed on elm build - bug 774842
    • Local profile sharing (Bi-modal browser usage) on FX Metro is no longer on the beta road map. Refined user stories of bookmarks with Asa. (mtg notes)
    • Iterating the design of bookmark page that is optimized for local bookmarking, and also enables migration and sync use cases.
    • Some visual design for a Win8 classic UI (shorlander)
  • [android] (ibarlow)
    • Tab UI visual design / spec underway
    • Preparing some notes for a Font Licensing newsgroup discussion happening the new year.
    • Private browsing UX review
    • Starting to think about MWC
  • [Behavioral Segmentation Study] (Lindsay, Bill, Leo)
    • blog post Distributed Qualitative Analysis for the Firefox Behavioral Segmentation Study (Bill Selman)
    • Work continues on analysis. We have developed five tentative user groups along a spectrum of behaviors, attributes, and motivations. We are in the process of validating them with our current data and among other observers. Soon, we will begin work on the quantitative study to validate our qualitative findings.
  • [other/future]
    • continuing to work on plan/priorities for 2013 (madhava)

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team



  • Google now allows all developers to reply to comments directly in the Android Play Store, a feature available until now only to those considered top developers.

  • Google released the Beta Channel of Chrome to the Play Store. The release claims better HTML5 support and JavaScript performance. The app has an average rating of 4.1, same as the Chrome stable channel.

  • Sony announced waterproof Android phones: the Xperia Go (called Advance in the US), on Gingerbread, and the Xperia Arco S, with Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Gingerbread now at 47.6%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 29.1%, Jelly Bean at 10.2%.

  • A survey of 30 mobile industry leaders conducted by Chetan Sharma Consulting revealed a view of the evolution of HTML5 on mobile among other significant trends in the industry:
    • HTML5 is not at the top of breakthrough categories for the year. It comes under topics such as mobile payments, cloud services, mobile commerce, enterprise, health, security and advertising.
    • HTML5 does come on top of mobile retail, NFC, wearable computing, home automation and flexible displays.
    • The view that "The mobile Web will become more relevant" is less popular at the start of 2013 than it was at the start of 2012.
    • HTML5 is the second most likely platform to become a viable and durable 3rd ecosystem and the only major contender, with 36% of the votes, to the likeliest one, Windows (which has 45%). Blackberry is credited with 6% of the votes, Tizen with 3% and None of Them with 10%.

  • The market share of phones with screens larger than 5 inches will more than double in 2013. In 2012 there were 25.6 million such devices shipped and this year we will see 60.4 million of them. Recent launches include the 6.1 - inch Huawei Ascend Mate and the 5 - inch Sony Xperia Z

  • The European Commission is taking steps further to harmonize the European telecommunications market with the purpose of streamlining roaming and collaboration across the continent. In the European Union there are more than 27 regulators and 100 network operators.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


Planned Communications:

  • Email: Firefox & You Newsletter (Dec. 19th)
  • Snippets: Facebook Messenger Snippets (light), Android snippets planned through December with 1/7 display rate

Other Projects:

  • MWC Preparation for Firefox for Android, Firefox Desktop, WebRTC, and Persona
  • 2013 planning including planned emails, engagement objectives, and 2013 goal development
  • EOY metrics reporting
  • Mobile: New Screenshots for Google Play (Ty already finished some, and they look great!)


Questions, Comments, FYI

Actions this week

  • Johnath to fix template to put metro between desktop and mobile
    • Done!
  • Marco to set up meeting about release plan for Metro