Firefox/Planning/2013-06-26

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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
REMEMBER
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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Current Releases

  • Firefox 22 is shipped, throttled, will sign off on unthrottling tomorrow
  • Firefox ESR 17.0.7 is released

Beta (60)

  • FF 23 beta 1 built, with QA, shipping tomorrow
  • Mixed Content Blocker shipping in 23 - please help spread the word to put pressure on sites to update, there will be a blog post published on Future of Firefox blog on Thursday alongside beta 1 release
  • We will begin having multiple beta releases in a week - starting next week - (not in the first & last weeks of beta) - so there will be two beta releases next week one kicks off on Monday, ships as soon as viable, the other on Thursday

Aurora (54)

  • Aurora updates throttled, FF24 Aurora updates on Friday

Nightly (61)

Firefox Metro

  • IT#9 finished yesterday on June 25.
  • IT#9 status report will be distributed on Thursday June 27 - expect a 1-iteration increase in our development complete forecast.
  • Regression testing IT#1 - IT#9 starts today.
  • Metro Test Day this Friday on June 28: https://metro.etherpad.mozilla.org/metrotestday-20130628
  • Iteration#10 runs from June 26 - July 11.

Full Query
ID Summary Priority Status
792576 Story - Implement OMTC for Metro UI P1 RESOLVED
831910 Story - Use the Auto-Complete Screen P1 RESOLVED
831915 Story - Implement Tile Widget and Groups - Part I P1 RESOLVED
831942 Story - Initiate a file download and display the downloads app bar - Part I P2 RESOLVED
831972 Story - Crash reporting P1 RESOLVED
831978 Story - Make Sync Setup Happen in a Flyout P1 RESOLVED
833131 Sync bookmarks -- RESOLVED
845152 [MP] Story - NewUI - Access and dismiss the new Firefox app bar P1 VERIFIED
850019 Hooking up devtools, profiler to metro -- RESOLVED
856264 Defect - if context menu visible, tapping and holding another link will not produce new context menu P3 RESOLVED
869940 [MP] Story - Widget\WinRT Metro APZC - Part II: Development P1 RESOLVED
875892 Defect - The urlbar auto dismisses when it shouldn't after loading a page P1 VERIFIED
881837 Change - Snapped urlbar is not long enough and default text gets cut off P3 RESOLVED
881995 Snapped view Alignment for Bookmarks an Recent History is off and tiles are cut off P1 RESOLVED
885005 Change - Update the url link to privacy policy webpage P1 VERIFIED
886109 Defect - Occasionally while running tests the browser never paints P2 RESOLVED
886589 Change - Add infrastructure for tapping center of elements rather than relying on hard-coded offsets P3 RESOLVED
886624 Defect - Tests fail on HiDPI systems P2 RESOLVED

18 Total; 0 Open (0%); 15 Resolved (83.33%); 3 Verified (16.67%);

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Beta (60)

Aurora (54)

Nightly (61)

Developer Tools

Feedback Summary

Desktop

Desktop Sentiment Report 21 available here. Hoping for more awesomeness in 22!

Mobile

Sentiment Report for Firefox 21 on Android is now live, view them here!

Watching Firefox 22 feedback closely.

UX & User Research

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Mobile

  • The first phones and tablet running Tizen will be released in Japan by NTT Docomo in Q3 or Q4 of this year. There are 2 phones, both produced by Samsung, one code named Samurai and one with the nummber SGH - No55, as well as a 10 inch tablet, produced by Shisutena, that will run a 1.4 GHz quad - core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, 2 MP rear camera and 0.3 MP front - facing camera.


  • Worldwide devices (the combined shipments of PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.35 billion units in 2013, a 5.9 percent increase from 2012, according to Gartner. The market is being driven by sales in tablets, smartphones, and to a lesser extent, ultramobiles, as PC shipments are on the decline. The tablet and smartphone markets are facing some challenges as these devices gain longer life cycles. There has also been a shift as many consumers go from premium tablets to basic tablets. The share of basic tablets is expected to increase faster than anticipated, as sales of the iPad Mini already represented 60 percent of overall iOS tablet sales in the first quarter of 2013.


  • The importance of Asia - Pacific in the mobile industry has been further evidenced by a report released by the GSMA. Around half of the world's mobile connections are in the region, with 1.6 billion unique subscribers. In 2012, mobile contributed to $1 trillion of GDP in the area, but in 2013 it will amount to 3.3 trillion. A significant shift in consumption is happening, as growth of voice traffic is only at 6%, while data sees a 142% increase. 3G penetration is significant in the more developed parts, like Australia, SouthKorea, Singapore and Malaysia, which are countries that are also introducing 4G. India, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Malaysia still have a majority of their their networks to shift over from 2G to 3G. South Korea is by far the most advanced in terms of technology adoption with only 3G and 4G networks. The whole report is worth a read.


  • The Dolphin mobile browser has announced 80 million downloads and a version 10. With a new UI, a Web app store, increased number of available search engines (Amazon, Twitter, Wikipedia, eBay, YouTube, Facebook), 60+ speed dial slots and single swipe access to the browser menu, tab list or the gestures menu, Dolphin marks the 10th version. The 80 million downloads number does not represent active users; the Play Store puts them at between 10 and 50 million installs.


  • Telefonica has announced a joint marketing campaign with Microsoft around Windows Phone in the UK, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Chile. The strategic incentive is the break down of the Android / iOS duopoly. The Verge: "Telefónica says it is “firmly committed” to encouraging new mobile operating platforms – it was one of the first to back newcomer Firefox OS – and will be working with leading Windows Phone 8 device manufacturers to ensure that their handsets are on store shelves during the renewed marketing campaign."


  • The Nokia Asha 501, $99 device positioned to compete with the low - end of Android, is launching in Thailand and Pakistan this week and will continue to roll - out in subsequent weeks across the whole globe except for North America. This is the most advanced of the Asha series to resemble a smartphone. It comes with a low resolution 3 - inch touchscreen and a 3.2 MP QVGA camera.


  • WhatsApp announced that it reached more than 250 million active users, which puts it in the same league as Twitter, Skype, Facebook Messenger.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

  • Firefox 22 now live, see blog post here
  • Consumer Value Proposition Discovery: Reviewing two proposals from market research firms
  • Search Engine Optimization: Vendor has almost been finalized [Laura & Intern Tim]
  • Indonesian Community Campaign: Viking from our Indonesian community is currently designing a desktop based campaign to run nationally in Indonesia
  • First Run Testing: Early results show that Product focused messaging receives more engagement (measured by clicks) than current brand messaging. Testing will continue.
  • Australis Redesign: User Research, worth it's weight in gold. Our marketing communications plan will be based off of the responses we're seeing here. Check it out if you haven't already. Can we do this weekly, for every new feature, pretty please?
  • Facebook Messenger Investigation: We'll potentially have answers within the next month to help us decipher if adoption of this feature related to higher/lower ADI rates.

PR:

Questions, Comments, FYI

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