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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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Contents

Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Current Releases

  • Certificate issue on AUS now resolved (rel-drivers thread from earlier this week)
    • Certificate Issue Post-Mortem 8AM PT on Thursday

Beta (29)

Aurora (30)

  • Major RTC audio latency improvements uplifted to Aurora (bug 884365)

Nightly (31)

  • Non-Flash plugins are now click-to-play by default (bug 899080)

Firefox Metro

Iteration #14 Performance

  • Team completed 43 story points across 10 features which resulted in a decreased average team velocity of 57 story points per iteration.
  • Average team velocity rate decreased 10% from the previous iteration.

Metro Preview Release

  • The Metro Preview Release (public name not finalized) is the en-US, and a robust batch of early locales (TBD), preview planned to be available on the Aurora channel during the Aurora 26 cycle.
  • The goal of the Metro Preview Release is to gather feedback and defects from the larger Aurora community.
  • Whether or not the Metro Preview Release will graduate from Aurora to Beta and Release channels is still to be determined. At a minimum, it should significantly increase the number of testers and feedback.

Metro V1 Public Release

  • At the conclusion of Iteration #14, given the historical velocity performance values of 30,32,33,43,46,50,51,63,68,74,75,75,77,80, the Metro Team has a median velocity of 57 and there is a 90% likelihood that the actual velocity will fall between 43 and 75.
  • With a velocity performance of 57 the Metro Team can expect to complete between 129 and 225 more units of work with a median value of 171.
  • With a forecasted total of 171 points remaining development would be completed in 3 iterations on October 28, 2013 - Development Iteration #17.
  • The decrease in average team velocity over the two previous iterations positions Metro for a Firefox 27 release on January 21, 2014.

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Next Week is our Mobile Team Work Week in Toronto, where we will be inventing the next phases of browsing the mobile web! Stay tuned for new features to pop up on the Mobile Roadmap, and progress on existing plans
https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Roadmap

Beta (29)

Full list of features for Fx24

Aurora (30)

Full List of Features for Fx25
  • Web Apps are fixed, bug 901426 more on this effort, soon
  • We're good to go beta with Fx25, Guest Browsing may need some uplifts, we need to triage top issues and weigh risk/reward

Nightly (31)

Full list of Features for Fx26
  • Nightly should be back up and running with the fix for bug 913842
  • Lot's of landings for post-fig merge clean up and about:home polish which will continue through aurora: bug 909274, bug 911830 bug 904172, bug 872528
  • There's other nuggets (i.e. FHR improvements) in there which we'll start highlighting next week

Developer Tools

  • introducing Axel Kratel, co-PM for developer tools!
    • based in MV or at home in sunny Santa Cruz
    • 'axel' on IRC, akratel@
    • initial projects include working with robcee to beef up performance and memory tooling.
  • App Manager - now landing and visible!
    • Unix domain socket support landed, so we'll be able to turn on on-device debugging this week
    • App manager will be preffed on today
    • adb forwarding or an additional add-on will still be needed to communicate with devices
    • the team is working to land 99% of new strings before merge, but we expect some changes will need to get into Aurora 26 that involve new strings. Alex (ochameau) and Paul will co-ordinate with l10n and release drivers.
    • bug 915067 details issues with debugging certified apps, the workaround is to wipe sensitive data from the device.
  • Dev Tools keeps knocking off commonly requested items:
    • Pseudo element inspection added.
    • A simple highlighter was added for b2g/android.
    • UI for break on uncaught exceptions landed, ZOMG.
  • Addon SDK

Feedback Summary

Desktop

Firefox 23 USR is live!

Firefox 24 beta looks solid so far.

Mobile

Ditto

UX & User Research

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform

  • New Zealand passed legislation declaring that pure software uncoupled from some new dedicated hardware is not an invention and hence software patents cannot be granted, [1] setting a precedent for other countries to ban or creatively disallow software patents. [2] The underlying principle is that software patents are counter-productive, often used obstructively and get in the way of innovation.[3]


Apple

  • iPhone 5S uses a 64-bit ARM chip of Apple's own design, the A7, reflecting not only processor requirements for biometric authentication, but also a potential for Intel-free long-term device and operating system strategy which Apple termed as "Forward-Thinking" and "Desktop Class". [4] Also included is the “motion co-processor,” the M7 chip, to continuously monitor the phone’s accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, with APIs exposed to developers reflecting enablement of new surveillance scenarios across devices. [5]
  • Apple announced that anyone who buys a new iPhone or iPad will get iWork for free, potentially challenging Microsoft Office head-on and building ahead of Google Drive. [6]


Google

  • Google announced Chrome Apps, a rename from Packaged Apps it announced in May, built using web technologies and with Chrome-specific code, which means that means they won't be able to run on other web browsers. [7] These can work offline, and sync across devices and operating systems, access GPU, storage, camera, ports, and Bluetooth connection. Chrome Apps are available through Chrome on Windows or Chrome OS; Chrome update for Mac comes in 6 weeks.
  • Google Loses Appeal in Street View Snooping Case. [8] A federal appeals court ruling based on wiretap laws said Google wrongly collected people’s personal correspondence and online activities through their Wi-Fi systems as it drove down their streets with car cameras shooting photos for its Street View mapping project.
  • Google expanded the Chromebook lineup, with new Chromebook models from Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Asus and Toshiba. [9] The latest hardware will feature Intel's "Haswell" chip which consume less power to improve battery life by more than two times previous generations.

Microsoft

  • Microsoft is planning to launch its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro devices at an invitation-only event in New York on September 23. [10]
  • Microsoft is making the 'gold' Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 bits available to developers and volume licensees ahead of the October 18 general-availability date, along with near-final version of Visual Studio 2013. [11] The Windows 8.1 Enterprise SKU will be available to MSDN/TechNet and volume licensees before the end of September.
  • Microsoft will be rollout out its Dynamics CRM Online Fall '13 cloud-based CRM service; its Dynamics CRM 2013 on-premises complement; and new CRM apps for Windows 8 and the iPad. [12] The guide [13] outlines the new user interface; the guided processes meant to eliminate the navigational guesswork; the performance and business rule updates; and the coming Yammer, Lync and Skype integration functionality in the release.
  • As part of its "Technology for Good" program, Microsoft donates Office 365 service to all qualifying non-profits. [14]

Intel

  • Intel is now jumping into wearable devices with an extremely low-power chip called Quark. [15], a synthesizable family of embedded devices designed for embedded applications like industrial designs and wearable computing.



Mobile

[Irina is on holiday, just text this week].

  • September brings the beginning of pre-holiday releases in the mobile industry, when all manufacturers start competing for a share of the holiday gift budget.


  • Apple released the iPhone 5S and its lower-end version, the 5C. iPhone 5S - Available in silver, gold and 'space grey', iPhone 5s features an A7 chip, a Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor, ultra-fast wireless, an iSight camera with a larger 8MP sensor and iOS 7. iPhone 5C - Available in green, blue, yellow, pink and white, iPhone 5c features an A6 chip, ultra-fast wireless, an 8MP iSight camera and iOS 7.


  • Qualcomm and Samsung both released smartwatches. Branded Toq, Qualcomm's version is a touch-enabled smartwatch that tethers to Android (now) and iOS (soon) smartphones via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Users can read e-mails and texts and respond to them using pre-programmed responses they've entered into the app. Also other simple smartwatch-y things like check the weather and check stock prices are available on the device. The Samsung Galaxy Gear has a single - core 800MHz processor, a 1.9-megapixel camera, a speaker, and two microphones — allowing users to shoot short 720p movies and even conduct phone calls. It pairs with the newest smartphones from Samsung's Galaxy and Note lines.


  • Samsung released version 3 of its extremely large handset line, the Galaxy Note. Equipped, as usual, with a stylus, the device has a 5.7 inch screen and features the new Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor.


  • Android version distribution for September puts Gingerbread at 30.7% of the market, Ice Cream Sandwich at 21.7% and Jelly Bean at 45.1%.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

PR

Questions, Comments, FYI

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