Firefox/Planning/2011-12-07

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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Fin du Monde 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# 95312 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 95312 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: Warp Core
  • Vidyo Guest URL
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FORCETOC

Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 8)

  • re-enabled updates for all users now that colo is stable again bug 708013

Beta (9)

  • FF9.0b5 on track; "go to build" last night, builds handed to QA just now. bug 700906
  • FF9.0b6 and signoffs next week

Aurora (10)

Nightly (11)

Firefox Mobile

Nightly (11)

  • we've merged birch to mozilla-central, so development is happening there
    • QA has signed off on the nightly build from mozilla-central
    • RelEng will migrate back nightly users from birch to mozilla-central bug 704549

Beta(8)

  • Landed a in-product YouTube player to work around the Kindle Fire not having a system one

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder

  • Release today should complete our Q4 goals
  • Published a more detailed high-level roadmap for 2012 with a Q-by-Q breakdown of our major goals and actions: 2012 Roadmap Description w/ Goals & Actions
  • Will be meeting with Marketing/PR in the first two weeks of January to develop a plan for launching Builder 1.0 in February

Add-on SDK

Release (1.3 -> Firefox 8, 9)

  • Add-on SDK released last last Tuesday
  • everything running smoothly

Stabilization (1.4 -> Firefox 9, 10)

Development (1.5 -> Firefox 10, 11)

  • Localization work still ongoing - New Overview Etherpad
  • Development branch scheduled to merge to stabilization January 10, 2012

Feedback Summary

Desktop

Mobile

UX & User Research

Market Insights

Platforms

Opera

Opera released version 11.60 of its desktop browser, the first to use Ragnarok, their implementation of the reference HTML5 browser. (The name is a reference to the final world-ending battle between the forces of good and evil in Norse mythology). Opera claims it has a 100% pass rate on a long list of HTML5 rendering tests, and scores 11/11 at html5test.com. Support for a number of <audio> and <video> tags, preload, buffered, seekable, and muted, has also been added. The HTML5 DOM API for Microdata is fully supported, as are the registerProtocolHandler() and registerContentHandler() methods and ECMAScript 5.1. Full support for radial-gradient and repeated-radial-gradient CSS3 properties is also included. In CSS4, support for the image-rendering property is now available with the following values: auto, optimizeSpeed, optimizeQuality, -o-crisp-edges. It also offers speculative parsing, which loads external files while Javascript is executed.

Microsoft

There is increasing speculation that Microsoft may drop the "legacy" Desktop interface from Windows 8 for ARM-based tablets, permitting only Metro-style apps. Such a policy would make it very difficult, if not impossible, for third-party browsers to run on Windows 8 tablets. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-to-drop-desktop-app-from-windows-8-arm-tablets/11325

Google Chrome

Google's Paul Irish, .net's Developer of the Year, gave a good demonstration of Google Chrome's developer tools at the recent Velocity conference. He covers the Task Manager, Javascript APIs for performance timing and memory information, window.onerror trapping, console.profiles() cpu profiling, console.markTimeLine() for reviewing the page loading process, audits, the heap profiler, and remote debugging via a built-in webserver. It has been added at the Webkit level, and is thus available in all Webkit browsers; it's already available in the Blackberry Playbook. http://www.webkitbits.com/post/13796063053/chrome-dev-tools-performance

At the recent EDGE gaming conference, Google developer Paul Kinlan announced that Google Chrome's upcoming gamepad support will also support cameras and microphones that don't have to be plugged in. Bloggers are speculating that this will be integrated into Google TV, offering its users the ability to play HTML5 games on their TV with a gamepad. http://www.favbrowser.com/google-chrome-to-support-gamepads-google-console-on-the-way/

Google Chrome Version 17 was released to Google Chrome's Dev Channel. The browser now pre-renders Omnibox suggestions if there is high confidence the user will follow the suggestion, and, in Windows, Desktop shortcuts will be created for each user account, to launch Chrome with that account active.

Google announced that on the evening PST of December 8 they will host an event that makes some announcements regarding their Native Client technology. There is a lot of speculation about what will be announced, ranging from an announcement that it will be coming to the Android platform to that Flash will be embedded within it. http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-57332622-264/google-well-prove-native-clients-worth-on-the-web/ https://plus.google.com/111176493330591153076/posts/NGYpgFWFdbA

Webkit

Intel committed changes to the WebKit tree to enable SSE assembly support for two vector math functions that are heavily used in Web Audio.
https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=73182

Code supporting W3C notifications landed in WebKit nightlies for Safari. http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/WebNotifications/publish/ https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=73253

Other committed trunk changes this week include a number of bugfixes and improved cursor caching for IndexedDb.

Some hackers put together an interesting demonstration of WebGL on the iPad by creating a gesture browser. See the video at http://vimeo.com/31644717

WebM

The WebM project released some short animated videos describing what video codecs are and what WebM is all about. http://blog.webmproject.org/2011/11/video-codecs-101.html

Mobile

Summary below, full update here

  • Android platform distribution: v2.3 at 50%, v2.2 at 35% and v2.1 at 10%
  • The web version of the Android Market has been updated with handset model and app version for reviews
  • Opera Mini will be included in MediaTek's runtime environment for "smart feature phones".
  • Opera joined an initiative coordinated by the European Commission to make the Internet safer for kids by focusing on age-appropriate privacy settings, wider use of content classification and parental control,
  • Dolphin Browser HD v 7.2 launched and gained a new add-on, called the Dolphin Companion
  • Class-action lawsuits in the US and further smartphone security analysis have emerged following the discovery of the Carrier IQ app on smartphones
  • Verizon will not integrate Google Wallet into the Galaxy Nexus, in favour of competitor mobile payments platform Isis
  • Flexible screens on mobile phones might be pioneered next year by Samsung

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Questions, Comments, FYI

Actions this week