Firefox/Planning/2013-01-30

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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
  • irc.mozilla.org #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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Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Current Releases

Beta (62)

  • Beta 4 is going out the door Thursday, we're only a couple of weeks from release of FF19

Aurora (54)

  • FHR will be enabled on the order of days for FF20, if at all

Nightly (63)

Firefox Metro

  • Metro Project Wiki: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Metro
    • Project and Iteration statistics will be updated on February 6.
  • Team currently involved in Iteration #1: January 22, 2013 - February 04, 2013
    • Backlog of Feature Stories selected for Iteration #1: http://scrumbu.gs/t/firefox-metro/sprint---1/
    • As of January 30, team has completed 24 story points for Iteration #1.
    • Total number of story points forecasted for completion at the end of Iteration #1 is 35.
    • Team will not complete the full commitment of 99 story points for Iteration #1.
    • While below the commitment level, this is above the expectation for a team using a new production framework.
  • Iteration Review and Planning Meeting will be conducting from Tuesday February 5 - Wednesday February 6:
    • Iteration Review - Asa will provide his feedback on the features included in the release and outline any change requests. Juan will outline any defects found during the functionality testing.
    • Iteration Planning - Any changes and defects will be prioritized as 'P1' feature stories for the upcoming Iteration. The team will then select any new 'P2' Feature Stories to be included in the upcoming Iteration.
    • Iteration Retrospective - Team discussion focusing on identifying beneficial practices, stopping detrimental practices and identifying new practices to be tried in the upcoming Iteration.
  • Asa is currently updating the legacy work related to Metro.
    • Forecast schedule and release dates will be available at the conclusion of Iteration #2 - Friday February 22.

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Beta (62)

  • Recently uplifted, bug 819973 - Some Favicons disappear shortly after awesomebar opens

Aurora (54)

Nightly (63)

About Home Customization
  • bug 832561 - Don't update about:home top sites immediately when pins are added/cleared <== revisiting uplift potential
Private Browsing
  • We have been working on the UX of the Tabs Tray, moving from Spinner+Tabs to Spiiners everywhere to IconTabs everywhere which will be landing soon in nightly. These will need to be uplifted to Aurora to complete the Private Browsing UI work. There are a few UX tweaks related to the PB/Tabs interaction too.
Other UI Tweaks
  • We have a new light background and we are investigating some potential fallout with the crash reporter potentially caused by this change (regression from bug 832321)
  • Provide explicit color for checkboxes in doorhangers bug 833919
Other bug fixes
  • bug 827325 - Regression: Unable to enter 'o' and 'p' in a URI; characters deleted following a colon
  • bug 834810 - Launching webapp from homescreen icon will revert the icon to the default 'rocket'

Services

Firefox Sync

Product Announcements

Add-on SDK

Release (1.13 -> Firefox 18, 19)

Stabilization (1.14 -> Firefox 19, 20, 21)

  • released 1.13 yesterday!
  • landing of the SDK apis on m-i from larch is scheduled for tomorrow, and we are tracking the releng work for test coverage in bug 826933

Feedback Summary

Desktop

We have no new incendiary issues. We continue to see reports of various crashes due to 3rd party issues.

  • We are seeing an increase in reports that FF 18.0.1 is not compatible with Kim Dotcom's newest venture[1]. Details on the issue can be found the Mega site[2].
  • Seeing a few reports that search on about:home is not working. Probably addon related, but FF reset doesn't correct the issue.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Praise

  • I used to be a Chrome fan, but it started eating up too much of my ram. So I installed Firefox and here I am today! It works 100% better than Chrome did on my computer! Firefox for the win!
  • All things became much easier and the important thing, It is : SAFE & TRUSTED.
  • Yes! Congratulations! for having ranked the most trusted. All the best for Firefox team.
  • its really a great browser because i can now have faster browsing easily.

Mobile

Nothing new from the Support side for Mobile. All is green.

User-Experience (Design & Research)

  • Firefox Desktop Workweek! Updates next week.

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Mobile

  • A few FCC filings suggest Google may be looking to test a LTE wireless network.


  • Opera partnered with mobile payments firm Neomobile to bring 1 - click operator billing to through the browser in Opera Mini. This is part of Opera's Payment Exchange product that is described as "a glue between content providers, publishers and mobile billing systems". Opera Mini is a proxy - browser that has ~ 200 million users, predominantly in the emerging markets.

Important because: it is a venture that tries to prove the feasibility of carrier billing directly from content providers through the Web and one that by - passes the need for a platform - provided content store. This is valuable to network operators and content providers because it removes the requirements to be approved by a 3rd - party (the content store owner) while keeping the benefit of seamless payments.


  • Nokia announced the PureView (launched mid - 2012) to be its last Symbian device.

Important because: confirms Nokia's intention to extend coverage of Windows Phone devices into the lower - end, which was dominated by Symbian.


  • Huawei placed 3rd (with 10.8 million and 4.9%) in the top of Q4 2012 smartphone producers by shipments, as counted by IDC. ZTE, the other big Chinese OEM, placed 5th. The Year - over - Year change for Huawei is of 88% and for ZTE 48%. Both companies also have significant market share in overall mobile device market (smartphones + feature phones) and the market for network equipment (mobile phone cell towers).

Important because: it confirms the ascension of the Chinese market players into the high - end and their ability to differentiate. IDC comments about Huawei: " the company has demonstrated its innovative skills, having released the world’s thinnest (6.68 mm) smartphone last year, the Ascend P1, and this year it announced the upcoming Ascend Mate, the first smartphone with a 6.1-inch display. At the same time, Huawei has brought its own software innovations, including Magic Touch, Guiding Wizard, Smart Reading, and Floating Windows."

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Affiliate Numbers Jump

  • The famous Firefox Affiliates program is one of the original ways Firefox was distributed during the early days of the project
  • This program has evolved over time, and still remains an acquisition work horse - simple small tweaks to the program have resulted in click to downloads increasing by a whooping 9.4% over the last three weeks
  • With this change Firefox Affiliates currently driving around 1.5M qualified clicks to our website every month

Mobile World Congress Ramping Up...

  • The MWC Teaser page is now live - the objective of this page is to get attendees excited about what Mozilla will have on display
  • For desktop, WebRTC concept demos that emphasize Operator integration will be demoed


PR

Questions, Comments, FYI

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