Firefox/Planning/2014-03-05

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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

Current Releases

  • Smooth sailing

Beta (69)

  • Last Desktop 28 beta going to build on Thursday
  • we had to disable <input type="color"> for too many issues on several platforms (see bug 977301 ship in 29

Aurora (54)

Nightly (70)

Firefox Metro

  • Final iteration before Metro releases with Firefox 28.
  • 5 realease blockers remain under development this iteration.
  • 13 resolved bugs waiting for QA verification for the 30C-29A-28B release cycle.

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Beta (69)

Aurora (54)

Nightly (70)

Developer Tools

  • landings have either happened or are imminent for new theme changes and the box model highlighter
  • some furious activity trying to land / discuss / better define some of the accomplishments from the work week, including:
    • canvas debugger for 2d / 3d content bug
    • MDN documentation integrated into the inspector thread
    • Web Audio tooling github
  • Outbound: preparing for a strong presence at GDC in 2 weeks including a booth and a talk by Angelina

Feedback Summary

Desktop

  • Australis surveys up, results soon.
  • We sent results of Australis tour survey last week, ping us if you want a copy of it.
  • We'll be rolling up Metro feedback this week. Stay tuned.
  • We had a spike in feedback as a result of the Firefox newsletter... the system works!

Mobile

UX & User Research

Market Insights from the Market Strategy Team

Desktop/Platform

  • Chrome beta for Android version 34 added built-in Chromecast streaming for videos so a laptop is not required to cast web videos to the TV. [1] Chrome 34 also introduces a new HTML attribute for responsive images and the unprefixed version of the JavaScript Web Audio API [2], besides hands-free Google Voice Search.[3]
  • Juniper research forecasts that revenues generated from Smart Home services are set to reach a global market value of $71 billion by 2018, rising from $33 billion last year, with 80% of that revenue expected to come from entertainment services. [4] Microsoft Research has built the prototype [5] of a 3D browser called SurroundWeb, which allows Web pages to display content across multiple surfaces in a room [6], highlighting a role for the browser in the entertainment services segment. Apple TV device and content revenues rose to $1B last year. [7]
  • Data since the 1920s shows that the U.S. advertising industry has always been between 1% and 1.4% of GDP, averaging 1.29%. [8] For each “new” medium at the time — radio, television, and Internet — the growth pattern has seen similar curves. The first 5 years saw rapid (but declining) growth rates, and after the fifth year, growth rates stagnated. In this context, Google's approach with Google+ at the center [9] and Spider.io acquisition [10] is precise targeting which Fiber [11], Glass, Now, Cars, etc enhance.

Mobile

  • WhatsApp announced it will implement support for voice on iOS and Android in Q2 and on Windows Phone and Blackberry later this year.
  • Nokia announced the X series base on Android and featuring the Bing mobile application suite. Aimed at the middle-tier and the emerging market, the device series is meant to replace the Nokia Asha series as the low-end of the company’s product portfolio. There are 2 devices unveiled, Nokia X and Nokia X+ and a third Nokia XL was announced. They are priced at 89 Euros (X), 99 Euros (X+) and 109 Euros (XL). The X come bundled with 10GB of Microsoft Skydrive storage and the Opera browser.
  • Nokia also announced a new S30 phone, the 220, which will be 29 Euros, or $40, and a new Asha, the 230, which will be 45 Euros or $60.
  • Tizen will be refocusing on smart watches instead of smartphones, pointing to a strategy of deployment in the Internet of Things.
  • Privacy was a bigger theme at MWC this year than last year, with the Blackphone focused on security and privacy as a user value proposition.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

  • Firefox 29 Launch: We’re cranking on this, currently creating the post-tour landing page that we’ll be using at launch. Lot’s and lot’s of other projects at work as well.
  • Firefox for Windows 8 Touch: We’ll be using the What’s New page to let Windows 8 users know we now also work in touch-mode
  • Firefox Engagement Meetup: Most of the Engagement team will be locked in a room talking Firefox tomorrow

Questions, Comments, FYI

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