Firefox/Planning/2013-08-07

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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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Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Current Releases

  • Firefox 23 is live (10% throttled)
  • 17.0.8 esr Live as well

Beta (57)

  • Firefox 24 Beta1 in progress
    • Mobile : Request for spinning Build #2 upcoming due to bug 902453
    • Desktop : We have spun a Build #2 due to bug 902112

Aurora (54)

Aurora (25) is throttled, no updates until end of week

Nightly (58)

Firefox Metro

  • Iteration #12 ends on Monday August 12, 2013.
  • Forecast completion this iteration is 50 - 60 points.
  • Achieving a point closure within the above range would negatively impact our development complete forecasts.
  • QA working on the Iteration #1 - #11 regression testing.
  • A revision of the Backlogs (Story & Defect) and development complete forecasts will be in place for the beginning of Iteration #13 to reflect the work involved in the Metro Preview Release.

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Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

Here's a recap of the roadmap since we're just shipping Fx23 \o/

Beta (57)

Aurora (54)

Nightly (58)

Developer Tools

Feedback Summary

Desktop

Snippet surveys next week for MCB and Consolidate Search.

  • mcafee seems to be flagging the stub installer as a virus.
  • Seeing quite a few complaints about pulling out the ability to hide tabs. There is an addon to restore this behavior.
  • Seeing some bugzilla chatter around consolidate search. Again, there's an addon to restore this for power users.

More information early next week.

Mobile

Tracking Android 4.3 issues (SUMO KB Article), not explosive yet, will report as 23 rolls out.

Otherwise, 23 is a good release. Uptick in the overall number of Android sumo threads, but mostly because of the various UI tweaks and new features we released in this version compared to two previous releases that were lacking many user facing changes.

User Experience (Research and Design)

  • The usual - ongoing work on desktop (Australis, first run), Sync setup, metro, Android, FxOS Firefox
  • Design pattens proposal for permissions (notification) UI: design doc [PDF]
  • ALSO: upcoming emerging markets field research in Thailand and Indonesia

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform

Apple

  • Apple loses lead in tablet market. [1] The trend is clear although the numbers are different from different market research firms - Apple at 32.5% from 60.3% a year ago according to IDC, and at 42.7% from 71.2% a year ago according to Canalys. The major gainer is Android with over 60% share. Apple is still ahead as a tablet OEM with Samsung coming in second at 18%.
  • White House has officially overturned a looming ban by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) that would have prohibited sales and imports of the AT&T version of Apple's iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4, as well as the 3G-friendly iPad and iPad 2 tablets, starting Monday. [2] While the South Korean government officially voiced "concern about negative impacts the decision by the USTR will have on protecting patents held by Samsung" and Samsung hit back with a new appeal [3], this ruling could throw open patent portfolios of a several players, including Ericsson and InterDigital suits against Samsung and Qualcomm's negotiation power. [4]

Google

  • Chrome browser exposes user passwords in plain-text without additional verification [5]. You can get there via chrome://settings/passwords or Settings -> "Manage saved passwords" -> Show. [6] Google justifies not providing a Master Password saying that they "don't want to provide users with a false sense of security, and encourage risky behavior".[7] Even Sir Tim Berners-Lee weighed in on the debate. [8]
  • Gesture controls appear in Chrome's Canary test build. [9]. This includes swipe left and right to move backwards and forward, support for Windows 8 virtual keyboard in desktop mode launched automatically with focus on a text field or address box, and pinch and zoom functionality. Currently imperfect, but Canary is a test build.
  • Google Fiber's user agreement came into question for net neutrality. [10] Specifically, Google's agreement requires that you should not host any services using a Google Fiber connection, which appears to go against the "No blocking" clause. [11]

Microsoft

  • According to Net Applications, IE desktop market share climbed 2.7% to 56.6%, while Chrome's desktop market share grew 2% to 17.8% since May, its highest mark since October 2012. [12] This reduces the difference between chrome and Firefox to 0.5% per Net Applications' stats.

Samsung

  • Samsung filed a patent [13] for Samsung Galaxy Gear, a "wearable digital electronic device in the form of a wristwatch" with a flexible display and meant to work with other Galaxy devices [14] and likely preloaded with Android. [15]
  • Internet-connected Smart TVs could be exposing consumers to unexpected security threats due to several vulnerabilities in their version of Linux operating system, Webkit-based browser, and the bundled Internet apps, compromising data stored on the systems via browsing and enabling remote surveillance using the webcam. [16]

Yahoo

  • Yahoo purchased Rockmelt for around $60 million [17] and then killed Rockmelt's aggregation apps and products. [18]

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

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Questions, Comments, FYI

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