Schedule & Progress onUpcoming Releases (Lukas/Sylvestre/Lawrence)
- 34 Desktop
- 34.0 RC ships to Beta today
- 34.0.5 RC ships to Beta on Friday
- merge from m-c -> m-a and m-a -> m-b happening on Friday
- 35 beta1 scheduled to ship Thu, Dec 4
- 36 Aurora updates scheduled to be re-enabled on Fri, Dec 5
Developer Tools (Jeff)
- Dev Edition: 257,964 Downloads, 399,964 Installs
- Actual toolbox usage has spiked past Beta in week two, we have ‘heavier’ users spending more time in the tools.
Worth a Read
- The Chrome Dev Summit 2014 Keynote is available on Youtube and is worth a watch. It starts with an overview of how Chrome now has 400MM actives, and a refocusing on web content as a first-class citizen. It feels somewhat odd until you realize where ad networks play into the web, but it’s a good overview of a lot of the items we’ve covered on Lollipop, and how Google is looking at using Chrome as yet another lens. Lots of other good stuff from the Summit as well if you’re interested.
- The Q3 Mobile Overview Report from scientiamobile is available. Interesting directional information on form factors, screen sizes, and usage of mobile devices by geography. Make sure you read the Reports Specifications part. Data used to compile this report is also available for viewing/remixing at http://www.scientiamobile.com/page/movr-mobile-overview-report
- Google’s added a security tab to your Google Account, making it easier to see what devices have connected to your account and when across platforms, as well as simplifying revoking access to individual devices.
- Microsoft is adding an Enterprise support mode to IE11, designed to help Enterprises who have legacy apps that don’t work with modern browsers. High-fidelity emulators = the old code that just won’t die.
- Google has agreed to settle with Rockstar, indicating that Apple and Google may focus on products for a while vs. patent litigation. Terms haven’t been announced, but it wouldn’t surprise people if there was portfolio licensing involved, which may also impact Samsung.
- The Chrome team updated its NPAPI deprecation plan, with NPAPI support ending in September 2015.
- News from the EU suggests that you’ll see more antitrust actions against Google in the coming months. Not surprising given some of the strategies Google is employing to add value and afinity to its brand, and bears watching.
- Some (usually bang-on) analysts are predicting Apple will have a blowout quarter in shipping iPhones. Added bonus, The Register points out the obvious of people having little spending money after the holidays, resulting in a 50% drop compared to the holidays in Q1. Apple’s market cap broke the $700B level today on the strong sales of the iPhone 6 and expected holiday sales. That’s a lot of iThings.
- Windows Phone as number two in the enterprise behind Apple? Maybe. Plausible.
- Just in time for holiday shopping, Google changes search up a bit on mobile to give you product information at your fingertips. Good example of how they can change the experience to match behaviours they see, and an opportunity to experiment with better monetization on mobile.
- Chromebooks new and old are getting 1TB of Google Drive storage included with them. Related to this, updates to Chrome OS include support for playing media and launching apps from Google Drive.
- iOS 8.1.1 isn’t as awesome as Apple would like, so they’re allowing downgrades to 8.1 (this isn’t usually a thing). iOS 8 really hasn’t been a banner release.
- Divide, a company focused on providing ways to separate personal life from work on your mobile device, has launched a preview on Play. Divide is a Google acquisition, and their product is intended to provide similar functionality to what BBOS gives its corporate users. Sign-up (and general information) on the product is available on the Google site.
- Google updated Now just in time for Lollipop updates; added bonus: coin-flipping (srsly).
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