Firefox/Planning/2014-02-19

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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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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop & Platform

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Current Releases

  • 27.0.1 doing fine

Beta (71)

  • Only one Desktop & Mobile beta (beta 4) this week due to crasher & holiday on Monday in much of Canada/US

Aurora (54)

Nightly (72)

Firefox Metro

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Beta (71)

Aurora (54)

Nightly (72)

Developer Tools

  • Work week in Portland this week

Feedback Summary

Desktop

Mobile

UX & User Research

Market Insights from the Market Strategy Team

Desktop/Platform

  • Google is further strengthening it's Enterprise play versus Microsoft, with 4 years of official support for Chrome OS[1], increased business development activities around Chromebooks and Chromeboxes[2], increased measures for safety of Chrome extensions[3], improvements to V8 Javascript engine including compiling to native in the background for smoother user experience[4], and a partnership with VMWare to bring Windows apps to Chromebooks.[5]
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 adds numerous features that make the modern side of the operating system easier to use without a touch screen[6] as details of Windows 8 UX design decisions emerge from unofficial channels [7]. NPD research estimates that only 40% of Windows netbooks sold in consumer markets had touch screens. Meanwhile, Microsoft campaigns hard to persuade Windows XP users to migrate to Windows 8.1 before XP's end of life support[8] while also claiming sales of 200 million Windows 8 licenses[9] of which between 165 million and 184 million are used to access the Web per ComputerWorld research.

Mobile

  • More rumors with details on the agreements between Google and OEMs with regards to the suite of Google proprietary apps for Android have surfaced. The article states "Google will be forcing manufacturers to run a specified API level (and the corresponding OS version) or above if they want their hardware to ship with Google Mobile Services, aka Google Apps. The window to certify any device running Android 4.1 or below with Google Mobile Services expired at the beginning of this month. That means manufacturers will no longer be able to submit devices for GMS approval to Google unless they run Android 4.2 or above."
  • Here is a collection of mobile stats for 2013. They include:
    • Install base of smartphone operating systems end of 2013: Android with 1089 million units (66%), iOS with 336 million (21%), Symbian with 81 million (5%) out of an estimated total of 1644 million smartphones.
    • Sales of smartphones by operating system in 2013: Android with 767 million (78%), iOS with 153 million (16%), Windows Phone with 33 million (3%) out of a total of 990 million.
  • A similar set of 2013 statistics, but focused on the top smartphone vendors is here. The top 3 are Samsung, Apple and Huawei, followed by LG and Lenovo.
  • Microsoft is investing in providing a unified experience between Bing apps on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone, hinting at potential convergence between the 2 platforms.
  • Opera opened pre - registrations to Max, an app which compresses all of the data sent by an Android phone. The company has taken the data compression feature from its browser and has extended it to the entire device.
  • Everybody is preparing for Mobile World Congress, which takes place next week in Barcelona and its the largest mobile event of the year.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

  • Overall - we can be found either at MWC or ramping up for Firefox 29
  • We continue to optimize the Australis onboarding tour as it moves through release milestones
  • Various download page optimization continues, we're now folding those efforts into a newly formed Growth Team

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • Tree closure this Saturday, February 22 ~1300 - 1600PT - bug 971818

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