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Firefox/Gecko Delivery Planning: 2012-11-28

Filed under: Posts — Tags: — Jesper Kristensen @ 12:00 am

Actions from Last Week

  • JP to investigate font issues in 17
  • Madhava to sync with Taras on perf impacts of australis tabs

Schedule & Progress onUpcoming Releases


Firefox Desktop

Current Releases

  • We’re planning a FF17.0.1 and 17.0.1esr for these changes, to be released (unthrottled) on Friday
  • Discussions around what to do with the incompatible Tab Mix Plus continue (current plan of action, informative add-on hotfix)

Beta (18)

  • 18.0b1 was released Monday
  • 18.0b2 has already gone to build, is also planned for release on Friday
  • Click-to-play should be functional and ready for rollout in the FF18 release timeframe (delayed from FF17)
  • B2G’s Gecko will be branching off of mozilla-beta in a couple of weeks
  • Stub installer testing is ongoing – unlikely to ship alongside FF18

Aurora (19)

  • 19.0a2 was enabled Monday
  • Firefox’s new PDF Viewer (pdf.js) is riding FF19
  • Search hijacking reset functionality made it into FF19

Nightly (20)

  • Per-window private browsing is being tested by QA on Birch, for landing in FF20

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

  • ARMv6 feedback received, QA has the ball on trying to reproduce the issues reported on Google Play for resolution in FF18 or as part of a blocklist
  • Release just tipped over 4.1 in the market

Aurora (19)

  • Still targeting 600mhz new minimum system requirement for FF19
  • Theme support is riding FF19
  • Panning Jank win from bug 812594, especially for slower (aka ARMv6) devices
  • Reader mode disabled for low memory devices to save memory bug 792603

Nightly (20)

  • Per-tab private browsing UI will land this week. The initial set of patches are enough to start testing. More UI changes will be coming.
  • Low-res tiles landed bug 783368
  • IME keeps getting better and better
  • MFinkle blogged about Firefox Android x86 test build

Firefox Metro


  • XPC Shell test work continues (only one failing test left!) bug 789335
  • Services code will be moving from app to gre bug 815320
  • New mechanism for defining app-dirs in xpcshell.ini files bug 810617
  • New rev of packager maybe this week
  • Migration work from elm to m-c continues to progress


  • All win64 builders now have the 8.0 SDK installed
  • Planning to switch mc to the 8.0 sdk after the next merge on ~2013-01-06 bug 774910


  • Patches in progress to simplify touch input and send touch events to content (bug 794621 and dependencies).
  • Starting work on download manager.
  • Landing some UX tweaks and bug fixes.

Add-on SDK

Release (1.11 -> Firefox 16, 17)

Stabilization (1.12 -> Firefox 17, 18)

Development (1.13 -> Firefox 18, 19)

Feedback Summary


Up 2% points in postive sentiment over 16 at the same point in the release cycle. We had an initial rocky start, but things seem to be leveling out.

General Issues

  • Social Fixer Addon – Causing JavaScript syntax error
  • 17.01 Font Issues – Windows users are reporting cleartype preferences are ignored bug 814101.
  • Fix under discussion TMP – SUMO article instructing users to try dev version. Complaints are going down, but more visibility would help.
  • 17.01 FCKEditor/site issues – User agent change.
  • 17.01 Cookie Exceptions not working in 17 – bug 814554
  • Fix under development Tab Utils – Broken. Author is working on an update.

Social API


  • I Like FaceBook, chating with friends
  • Facebook masenger and I like fast speed in slow connection
  • I can now chat on facebook with an “effect” that looks like anti-boss.
  • Firefox just added the facebook capability, this make it so slow!
  • The social API is confusing for me as an end-user and I cannot remove Facebook!


Mobile Feedback is smooth so far, ARMv6 is relatively smooth so far, still monitoring feedback though it seems to be going down.

User-Experience (Design and Research)

  • [sync/identity] – new prototype for Firefox Account setup on mobile demo here, by Nick Alexander; UI for in-browser variant and Android-specific UI in-progress (Zhenshuo)
  • [project SPF (security/privacy)] (larissa)
  • [gum/webRTC] (Boriss)
    • Working on change to tab color once access given
    • Working on visible indicators for various video/audio stream states
    • work-in-progress mockups
  • [Behavioral Segmentation Study] (Lindsay, Bill, Mary, everyone)
    • Diary study of 45 participants was completed on 11/17.
    • Analysis for the in-person and diary studies have begun in earnest this week. Cori, Mary, Lindsay, Bill, and Leo are all tackling a portion of the data.
    • An all-team work week will take place the week of 12/3 in Mountain View to tackle the synthesis of data. Stop by BRB if you want to learn more about what we are learning about our users!
    • From the other week: Results from the survey instrument of the first part of Project Meta are now available
  • [other/future]
    • Building a tool to help us create mockups with live bug status labels working etherpad (Blake)

Market insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform



  • Google CEO Larry Page reportedly met with the US Federal Trade Commission to try to work out a negotiated settlement regarding a possible consent decree. The company has been accused of using its near-monopoly in search to unfairly support its other businesses.




  • There is apparently a zero-day vulnerability in the latest version of Java that is being offered for sale in various criminal web forums. The seller says that “code execution is very reliable, worked on all 7 version [sic] I tested with Firefox and MSIE on Windows 7”.


  • The W3C Performance Group had a workshop and posted their current plans, which include further work on timing metrics, efficient script yielding, pre rendering, resource priorities, diagnostics interfaces, asynchronous assured communications from the browser to the server (advertising / analytics “beacons”) and display performance.


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.


  • Africa is source of innovation in the mobile industry due to under-developed infrastructure
  • M-Pesa, which handles approx a third of Kenya’s GDP, is the showcase of it
  • it is a service that uses a SIM-based application, showing the network operators can still play a big role in shaping the market, alongside software vendors
  • Other areas such as medical services and agriculture are benefiting from mobile
  • Innovation from Africa finds it way to the developed markets

Nokia S40 series

  • Nokia Asha series gets a Facebook hardware button
  • integrated services on smart-light devices are likely to get more user engagement than on modern operating systems
  • Nokia also integrating Slam, a Bluetooth content transfer feature, to cater to relative scarcity of bandwidth in emerging countries
  • the S40 series platform has 675 million current users

Rich Communications Suite

  • the Rich Communications Suite, under the Joyn brand, will launch nation-wide in Spain
  • available through Android apps at first and early 2013 integrated in devices

Chinese hardware vendors

  • the Indian government expected to announced whether it will open an investigation into Huawei and ZTE
  • this follows a US Congressional report into network equipment of the 2 companies

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction



  • Another record ADI day yesterday!
  • Following up on MozCamp Asia – A Social API taskforce was created
  • Mobile World Congress marketing planning has started
  • Focus for rest of year: 2013 planning, SERP Audit to increase traffic, Facebook Messenger launch throttling, MWC, Metro landing page, and Egg Nog consumption


  • Release Information:
    • FX17 Featured ARMv6 and increase our TAM by about 13MM devices, FX18 featured Search Improvements and Phishing & Malware protection. Both release we’re well covered in the press. Also covered in owned and paid channels.
    • Good download & ADI bumps
  • Google Play Store Changes:
    • Firefox has been renamed to Firefox Browser for Android to make Firefox easier to find via search in the Google Play Store. So far we’ve seen an increase in downloads and are now in the top-5 for all browser related searches.
  • Projects: Improved design for the Aurora download page on for mobile, finishing and evaluating 2012 usage of paid & owned channels, 2013 consumer & B2B marketing planning & goal setting, mobile web compatibility survey, metrics reporting for gauging download funnel conversion, and l10n improvements for pages.


Coverage resulting from Monday’s Beta release:

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • This meeting [johnath]

Actions this week

  • Tyler to dig in on facebook prompting concerns/questions

Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays – 11:00am PST, 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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