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Firefox/Gecko Delivery Planning: 2012-09-19

Filed under: Posts — Tags: — Jesper Kristensen @ 11:00 pm

Actions from Last Week

2 carry-overs from this week

  • Matt/Cheng to collate PDF.js feedback
  • Gavin to update on the state of 3rd party add on drops

Schedule & Progress onUpcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (15, 10esr)

  • Blog post for extended FF18 release cycle around holidays going out in the next week

Beta (16)

  • Beta 4 went to build today, will be released before the end of the week.
  • We’re only 3 weeks away from release day
  • Add-on hotfix communicating the 10.5 EOL will be going out in the next week along with a blog post

Aurora (17)

  • CTP blocklisting is expected to be uplifted this week
  • Reminder: FF17 is the base for the next ESR version, with a 2 cycle overlap alongside ESR10

Firefox Mobile

Beta (16)

  • ARMv6 feedback continues to be collected from Google Play reviews and Input, in preparation for a possible release alongside FF16

Aurora (17)

  • Uplift of new, simpler updater should be in today’s build

Nightly (18)

  • Landed <input type=”date|time”> support
  • Landed new menu structure
  • Great new designs for upcoming features
  • Project 256MB started to find ways to reduce the amount of memory used by Fennec


Firefox Sync

  • Kicked off weekly meeting to drive towards the next generation of Sync, using BrowserID tech for user auth.
  • We are working towards a draft plan for next Tuesday, and plan to broadcast this widely by the end of next week.

Android Snippets

  • New project to increase engagement with our Android users, including inactive users
  • Should have a much more comprehensive update next week

Add-on SDK

Release (1.10 -> Firefox 16, 17)

Stabilization (1.11 -> Firefox 17, 18)

Development (1.12 -> Firefox 18, 19)

Landing progress:

  • loader: ✓
  • m-c landing plan – imminent, and a Q3 goal

Feedback Summary


New Version of Flash Landed Yesterday, we aren’t sure on how/if this changes the story for Firefox.


Again, everything this week has been fairly quiet in SUMO land on the Mobile Side. 15.0.1 is performing well, reviews are trending up.

We have started to gather Feedback from Input for Firefox Mobile Beta, already using it to look at trends. Read the Mobile Meeting notes for more.

The largest Issue for Firefox Beta is a crash on Nexus 7 which is by far the largest crash issue on Input. Bug 792473 is tracking this.

ARMv6 information on Input is limited, but we have the following devices and issues on Input:

  • LGL45C: Crashes
  • LG-VM701: Slow to Load
  • LGL55C: Video Playback is slow

Just as a note, Input does not have much positive feedback for Mobile Beta, that is now going to Google Play.

User Experience (design & research)

  • [desktop]
    • [Australis] (Zhenshuo, Blake, Stephen)
    • [Social API] (Boriss)
      • Still working on notifications of incoming messages (now using Toast), how networks can surface some of their brand while still feeling “Firefoxy”
      • Still some visual/polish glitches – you may see window flickers and slow loading in nightlies, tracking in bugs
      • Working on button behavior for hover, select, click on different networks (with different icons)
    • [hometab/newtab/startpage] (Boriss)
    • [stub installer] (Madhava, Stephen)
      • Final wordsmithing for two error cases
    • [sync/identity] (zhenshuo)
      • Desktop sync flow proposal (just updating existing flow) by later this week
      • See Android section for mobile-specific sync update
    • [project SPF (security/privacy)] (larissa)
      • WIP Usable Security Insights – draft: Starter Frameworks and Principles v3 DRAFT.pdf
      • working through the final report – should have a final draft later this week
      • Mixed Content: Back-end is landing this week; ready to start with some visual design this week
    • [webRTC] (Boriss)
      • Added permission dialog for multiple webcam/microphone access to the design spec, this week adding notifications per tab
    • [misc] Web notification UI mockups here (Stephen)
  • [metro] (yuan)
    • Tab overflow for thumbnail view(Updated with feedback from engineering) – for preview
    • Supporting UI Implementations
    • Writing up a blog post for public preview with Brian Bondy and the same time consolidating design docs into a Q3 Update
  • [other/future]
    • Updated proposal on inventing creative space, with examples and resources. proposal [PDF] has been sent out to WPR team. (Yuan)

Market Insights



  • An independent review found that Firefox on Windows has the best overall HTML5 accessibility features among all major browsers. Firefox scored 86/100 with other browsers scoring either 18, 40, or 45.









Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • New iPhone launch will maintain Apple at ~20% shipment marketshare for 2012
  • Amazon continues tablet strategy with new Kindle Fire releases
  • Foxconn, Samsung to build factories in Brazil, Indonesia
  • Chrome accounts for 2.7% of iOS Web traffic
  • First Motorola Intel-based smartphone announced for Europe and Latin America
  • Android reached 500 million activations

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


Meeting conflict; here’s an update:

  • In the middle of planning release communications: Main themes for Firefox 16: Dev tools, Silent updates now here. Firefox 17 Beta: Social API
  • Main focus continues to be on ADI growth and the features and projects that will help that: Stub Installer, a new batch of download optimization projects and more


  • We’ve reached 1 Million ADIs and 6 million active installs last week!
  • Main theme for FX16 & FX17 will be Reader Mode & Accessibility
  • In the Google Play Store Communication category, Firefox increased from #27 to #12 in the last 30 days (we have higher placement than all other browsers except for Chrome)
  • Review Solicitation is proving to be a valuable tool: the number of issues reported at have increased 3-4x, providing a level of feedback we have never had
  • Current Campaigns:
    • about:home snippet is still live
    • one-off email about tablets went out yesterday
    • We’re running twitter & fb advertisements
    • Met with 5 mobile advertising agencies last week


update: Currently working on materials for 10/9 release cycle.

Google Chrome Finally Jumps on the ‘Do Not Track’ Bandwagon

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When the Privacy Button Is Already Pressed

German government tells public to stop using Internet Explorer

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • Running next week’s meeting (heh.)

Actions this week

  • Matt/Cheng to collate PDF.js feedback
  • Gavin to update on the state of 3rd party add on drops
  • John J to establish Mozilla Preferred spelling of crapton[ne]
  • John J to run next week’s meeting

Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays – 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Finch Conference Room
  • #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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