Firefox/Planning/2013-06-12

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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

  • All is well

Beta (59)

  • FF22b5 went to build already, will ship before the end of the week
  • We're shipping in <2wk, what's in is in

Aurora (54)

  • Mixed Content Blocking is incoming, we're ensuring we have visibility into the success of its Beta testing (at scale)

Nightly (59)

Firefox Metro

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Beta (59)

  • See full list of features here
  • We shipped Beta 4 to Google Play on Friday afternoon: https://wiki.mozilla.org/QA/Fennec/22/Beta/4
  • Ratings average a healthy 4.3 stars
  • Low crash rate continues, we are under 3 crashes per 100 adu as of Beta 4
  • bug 879651 - no audio playback on Android x86 has been uplifted
  • We are also considering uplift to beta for:
    • bug 862755 - Reader mode icon from the URL bar corner is almost impossible to access
    • bug 852986 - Regression: Google search results completely zoomed in on browser back
    • bug 856497 - Regression: IMDB search field hidden behind awesomebar

Aurora (54)

Nightly (59)

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Roadmap/Tracking_Fx24

Services

Firefox Sync

Product Announcements

Developer Tools

  • B2G remote debugging work still on target for Q2
  • Break-on-event patches in review
  • lots of planning: new JS repl, 'blackboxing' minified / common libraries
  • Alex & Gabor landed cross-domain content scripts in Jetpack
  • add-ons competition kicks off tomorrow!

Feedback Summary

Desktop

Gathering snippet survey data and compiling 21 USR

Mobile

Watching feedback around x86 on Beta, looks good so far

User-Experience (Design and Research)

  • In SF, UX has moved to the 1st floor - please go say hello
  • [Research] (Bill, Lindsay, Gemma (new!))
    • [Emerging Markets Research] - The User Experience Research team has received three proposals from firms to collaborate on our forthcoming user experience research study on emerging markets in SE Asia (specifically, Thailand, Indonesia, and India). We are currently evaluating the proposals and will select a partner in the next few days. After our selection, we will begin project planning and recruiting. We expect to begin field work in Thailand and Indonesia in August.
    • [Firefox User Types in N. America] - Bill gave a Brownbag presentation for the Firefox User Types in N. America study. The session was recorded - you can watch a recording here: https://air.mozilla.org/firefox-desktop-user-types-in-north-america/
    • [FFOS Research in Eastern Europe] - Lindsay and Bill just returned from Poland and Hungary respectively where they conducted ethnographic interviews with participants in each country about their mobile phone usage. While the focus of their work was primarily for FFOS, there were some insights generated about overall internet and desktop usage. Either Lindsay or Bill is happy to discuss their findings with team members.
    • New Team Member - Gemma Petrie will join the UXR team as a User Experience Researcher on Monday, June 17. She joins Mozilla from Razorfish in Chicago where she worked as a user experience researcher and information architect on client-facing projects. She will be based primarily in Chicago and will be working closely with Bill on Firefox Desktop for the remainder of 2013.

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Mobile

  • Apple revealed iOS 7, an OS version that includes design changes which make for a flatter, sleeker appearance, as well as the addition of a Control Center that appears when the user swipes up from the bottom of the screen. A new multitasking interface is also available with a double tap of the Home button. Cross - platform integration has been updated with AirDrop support, that allows for direct file - sharing between iOS and Mac OS X devices over WiFi. The browser has also been improved, with a new interface for bookmark - browsing and reading list - browsing, as well as for tab management.
  • More rumours point to a version of the Galaxy Tab to contain chipsets from Intel with the x86 architecture. The launch date for the Galaxy Tab 3 is in June. For specs, see here.
  • The HTC One, the Korean company's flagship device, will launch a Nexus experience version for the device, to be available starting with the 26th of June.
  • May Android distribution numbers maintain Gingerbread as the most popular version with 36.5% of the market, followed by Jelly Bean with 33% and Ice Cream Sandwich with 25.6%. Honeycomb, which was originally launched as the first tablet version, is soon to become obsolete, with only 0.1% of the market.
  • Screenshots of Tizen with a skin designed by Intel called Obsidian were leaked.
  • China Mobile, the world's largest network operator by subscriber base, has launched Jego, a messaging app aimed at a global audience. Integrated with mobile networks, the app competes with Skype in that it offers IP to mobile and landline calls. Important because this is another attempt from the telco industry to compete in the OTT space, one that looks promising due to its value proposition of cheaper calls than Skype offers. It is also important to see the innovation in this space coming from the Chinese market and to watch to what extend it manages to cater to the Western audience.
  • Ericsson revealed stats from its recent mobility report, that predicts that in the next 5 years the number of smartphone subscriptions will reach 4.5 billion, with 60% of them being covered by LTE. Video traffic will grow by 60% annually and data traffic volume will grow 12 - fold by 2018. LTE subscriptions should surpass 1 billion by 2017 and 2 billion by 2018, according to the company. China, Africa and Asia - Pacific will lead the charge both in the number of net additions and total number of mobile subscriptions in 2013, but Europe has the biggest penetration of mobile technology, with 132% in Central and Eastern Europe and 128% in Western Europe. China, Africa and India have penetration rates of less than 100%.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

  • Engagement has moved to the second floor of SFO
  • Australis -- Research Kickoff this morning
  • CVP -- talking to vendors and reviewing vendor the initial proposals
  • SEO -- Vendor selection phase
  • First Run Testing -- initial results find users more interested in features vs. brand

Questions, Comments, FYI

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