Firefox/Planning/2013-09-25

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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

  • Symantec has introduced a couple of topcrash issues in their latest toolbar update
    • Unthrottling Firefox 24.0 completely is blocked on getting more details over the next day.
  • No other major FF24 release issues known.

Beta (70)

Aurora (54)

Nightly (71)

  • New HTTP cache code has landed (pref'd off). Expected to take some time to pref this on. Will likely be on Nightly for more than one cycle.
  • New version of application update service (AUS) (codename Balrog) to start serving updates to Nightly (also Firefox for Android Nightly) by the end of Sep. See Ben Hearsum's post for more.

Firefox Metro

  • Get Well Marco!!
  • Completed Iteration #15 with 47 points resolved.
  • Uplifted Metro Firefox to Aurora 26
  • APZC happening on m-c. You know you wanna help. Jim Mathies is point.
  • Iteration 16 planning completed.

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Thank you for hosting us, Toronto! Finkle blogged all about it and stay tuned for more blogs from other members of the team: http://starkravingfinkle.org/blog/2013/09/firefox-for-android-team-meetup-brainstorming-and-hacking/

Beta (70)

Full Feature List

  • Beta 2 shipped yesterday: https://wiki.mozilla.org/QA/Fennec/25/Beta/2
  • 3 most active WIP bugs could be landing for guest browsing (and may be candidates for uplift) bug 896109, bug 917538, bug 917986 and this will be uplifted, soon bug 906039
  • Ratings are still at 4.3
  • Crash rate for b1 was high, but QA expects b2 to be much better ~3 per 100 ADU but we need to monitor
  • For Fx25, the "Nexus 10 crash" has morphed into a hybrid of graphical glitches (fixes landed, you rock bjacob) bug 900020 - graphical glitches on Nexus 10/Android 4.3 (was: crash in libutils.so@0xf74e) and the actual crash which is now being tracked bug 920006 - crash in libutils.so@0xf74e (Nexus 10, Android 4.3)
  • For WebRTC, also Fx25 GCP and jchen did a great job at the work week debugging bug 902431 - crash inwebrtc::videocapturemodule::VideoCaptureAndroid::AttachAndUseAndroidDeviceInfoObjects and we have a r+'d patch for bug 918372 - Repeated WebRTC sessions exhaust the JNI LocalRef tabl

Aurora (54)

Full Feature List

  • As noted in channel meeting yesterday, Aurora will be more active with uplifts than usual due to about:home redesign, redesign tracked in See bug 917394 and http://mzl.la/19wLi6n
  • Chromecast support moved to 'on deck'
  • Marketplace discoverability moved to Fx29 as a placeholder, confirming tomorrow

Nightly (71)

Full Feature List

Developer Tools

  • a flurry of blog posts started yesterday with this review post. Look for the 'new in Aurora' post tomorrow and a more in-depth post on the App Manager next week.
  • codemirror is landing as the new editor component in the devtools, starting yesterday with scratchpad.
  • break on DOM Event support is in review, so the 27 cycle is starting strong.

Feedback Summary

Desktop

No updates today.

Mobile

No updates today

User-experience (Design & Research)

  • [metro] (yuan)
    • Firefox Aurora is now touch-friendly!: blog post
    • New design for about pages with updated logos: mockup
    • Metro V2 prototypes (customized builds) are up for download and testing: github
  • [android] (ibarlow)
    • Organizing through the ideas that came out of the Android workweek and Android UX brainstorm; and working with Product to group and prioritize them
    • Some of the highlights from discussions last week
      • Task continuity projects
      • Quick Share enhancements
      • Living room UX (mobile ---> TV)
      • How to save different kinds of content (images, text, articles)
      • How to approach integrating with cloud services
        • Explicit save for later tools like Pocket, Evernote
        • Background cloud functions like Dropbox, Box
      • Audience-specific variants
        • Firefox for parents and kids
        • More advanced Privacy & Security features
        • An "unbreakable" version with simplified settings
      • UI Refinements
        • Some last minute adjustments to the new Awesomescreen
        • Removing bouncy overscroll
        • Tablet title bar simplifications
        • Figuring out next steps for Reader Mode and Reading List improvements
        • Exploring a split action bar on phones
        • Pulling Quick Share functionality into contextual menus
    • PDF.js for Android Firefox [Arun]
  • [Emerging Markets User-research]
    • Synthesis of the South-East Asia (SEA) findings from Thailand and Indonesia with the UR team
  • [Other/Future]
    • Almost ready with a v1.0 tool for tracking our concepting process - more next week

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Mobile

  • Chrome for iOS has been updated with better integration with Google apps, such as YouTube, Gmail, etc. and improvements to voice search.


  • Apple announced it sold 9 million phones over the launch weekend for the latest versions of the iPhone. The lower - end C version, is rumored to have had less success than the high - end one. The company also announced that it delivered iOS 7 to 200 million of devices since its release a little earlier than 2 weeks ago.


  • The release date for the next version of Android, code-named KitKat, is rumoured to be the 14th of October. Features expected to include optimization for lower - end hardware with smaller RAM requirements. The flagship device for this OS version is expected to be the Nexus 5.


  • Android was updated with remote locking capabilities.


  • CyanogenMod has raised capital and formed into a company to enter the smartphone platform market. The first device to ship with CyanogenMod is the N1 from Chinese maker Oppo and runs on a modified Android version named Color OS that claims over 400 unique features and improvements over stock Android. It is a high - end device with a $570 price point, with a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 5.9 inch screen. Hardware features include a rotating 13 MP camera that can shift from front- to rear - facing and an additional touch screen panel on the back. The value proposition for the CyanogenMod OS is around user choice and ownership over the experience. The company will also release an installer on the Google Play Store to make the installation of the software easier and available to the average consumer. There are at least 8 million CyanogenMod users, most of them in China. CyanogenMod has stated that long - term they are also looking at Windows Phone.


  • Microsoft released the Surface 2, in vanilla and Pro versions. Improvements include better screen resolution, more processor speed, longer battery life and better optimizations in the cover for usage while sitting on the couch. Positioning is around productivity and power and messaging is catered at professionals as well as people looking for desktop replacements. For this new tablet, there are 100,000 apps available in the Windows Store. Press tone on the launch was neutral.


  • The UN released a report [PDF ] on mobility that predicts that the number of broadband subscriptions in the developing world is expected to exceed the subscriptions in the developed world, both in fixed and mobile, by the end of this year. The Asian market is a significant contributor with an estimated 2.1 billion mobile subscriptions to be active globally by the end of 2013. The markets with most mobile penetration are Singapore, Japan, Finland, South Korea, Sweden. Australia, Denmark, Norway, the US and Hong Kong. Other insights state that the gender gap in terms of mobile phone usage is bigger in Asia, where "a woman in South East Asia is 37% less likely to own a mobile phone", compared to 21% in developed countries.


  • Opera added seven more Indian OEMs to the list of partners that will pre-install Opera Mini on Android phones and tablets in the country. They include Micromax - a leading player in India, which is joining other significant regional OEMs, such as Lava, Karbonn and Intex.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

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  • Two big site improvements: 1. redirect project live - now if you go to Firefox.com and are on the most recent version, we tell you that so you don't download again. 2. A Language drop-down was added to our main download page. This should better help visitors get Firefox in the language of their choice
  • First Run & Retention Study: Live Monday. This funnel cake test will help us understand how the content on the First Run page affects retention rates. [Jen Bertsch, Web Production]
  • Windows 8 Aurora Uplift: A What's New page was launched to help increase awareness and usage of this tablet-friendly version of Firefox amongst existing Aurora Windows 8 users. Snippets targeting only Windows 8 users will launch next.
  • Search Engine Optimization: First "high impact" batch will be live by tomorrow. We'll be able to measure impact by October 22 (search engines can take a while to change) [Laura, Cmore, Jen B]

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