Firefox/Planning/2014-07-23

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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)

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FORCETOC

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases (Lukas/Sylvestre/Lawrence)

Firefox Desktop & Platform (Javaun/Chad/Martin)

Summary of Work In Progress

  • You can find the most recently completed iteration performance report here
  • You can see the status of the current iteration in progress here

Uplifts

Beta
  • None for the past week
Aurora
  • exception on shutdown: "Exception calling provider shutdown", NS_ERROR_FAILURE from nsIObserverService.removeObserver from PreviousExperimentProvider.shutdown (1012466 Bug 1012466 )
  • Add UTM parameters to plugincheck URL in Firefox (1022745 Bug 1022745 )
  • Make the 'Translations by' string localizable (1032139 Bug 1032139 )
  • Measure number of times infobar is hidden due to "Never translate this language/site" (1035337 Bug 1035337 )
  • about:sessionrestore shows instead of about:welcomeback after a reset (1035557 Bug 1035557 )

Recent Landings

  • Team landed 45 bugs over the last week (total of 89 for the 2-week iteration just ended)
  • Details of landings from the past week can be seen here

UX (Madhava)

Firefox Mobile (Mark/Brad/Jenn)

Work In Progress

You can find more on upcoming feature plans in the[roadmap]

Uplifts from the past week

Beta (prior to merge)
Aurora (prior to merge)
  • crash in java.lang.NullPointerException: at org.mozilla.gecko.toolbar.ToolbarDisplayLayout.updateFromTab(ToolbarDisplayLayout.java) (964861 Bug 964861 )
  • Bump minSdkVersion to 9 (1017244 Bug 1017244 )
  • [Android L Preview] - Crash on startup - java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: dlopen failed: cannot locate symbol "issetugid" referenced by "libmozglue.so"... (1030899 Bug 1030899 )
  • TwoWayView crashes in Android L (1034167 Bug 1034167 )
  • Regression: Contact API usage is being prompt on webpages (1037128 Bug 1037128 )

Landings from the past week

Nightly (prior to merge)
  • URL bar treats single-word input as a URL, not as a search keyword (854305 Bug 854305 )
  • In about:apps, lost the ability to invoke a context menu on an installed application (965176 Bug 965176 )
  • Tapping on a download notification doesn't do anything (if Firefox is in the background) (1004495 Bug 1004495 )
  • Support suggested sites in distribution files (1012462 Bug 1012462 )
  • use msapplication-TileImage and msapplication-TileColor to create home page tiles (1014712 Bug 1014712 )
  • Bundled locale specific search engines not loaded until next browser restart (1018240 Bug 1018240 )
  • Page is displayed blank after choosing the "Show" popup option (1024391 Bug 1024391 )
  • Kindle Fire: activity and fragment transitions are obtrusive and uncomfortable (1031872 Bug 1031872 )
  • URL home screen shortcut is not working (1032217 Bug 1032217 )
  • Opening a tab from Recent Tabs panel doesn't work in private browsing (1035439 Bug 1035439 )
  • Add-ons can not be installed; 'Installation failed' toast notification is displayed (1038098 Bug 1038098 )
  • Add-ons can not be installed in private and guest browsing (1038573 Bug 1038573 )
  • Regression: After closing all tabs, tabs tray dotted menu can not be accessed again (1038798 Bug 1038798 )
  • Remote tabs tray distorted on phone (1039062 Bug 1039062)
  • crash in java.lang.IllegalStateException: Fragment RecentTabsPanel{422715c0} not attached to Activity at android.support.v4.app.Fragment.getLoaderManager(Fragment.java) (Bug 1039471)
  • Private tabs list is cut off for portait orientation (Bug 1039738)

UX (Ian)

Developer Tools (Jeff/Rob/Dave)

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Feedback Summary (Cheng/Tyler/Matt)

Desktop

Firefox 30: Sentiment report was sent out this morning, please contact the User Advocacy team if you have questions

Firefox 31: No issues that we've seen so far, still watching feedback.

Firefox Updates Hotfix: Has been live for around a week, initial results have been published at https://mail.mozilla.org/pipermail/firefox-dev/2014-July/001997.html

Quick Summary: Over 4.5 million users have installed the add-on Around half of them have updated (Over 2 million users) We are investigating success of the Notification popup We will be digging into FHR, ADI, SUMO and Add-on numbers this week to get more detailed answers. V2 of the add-on is already underway, fix the bugs in v1, add support for Mac, etc. Bug 1040228 We will be investigating other ways to continue this effort in the future.

Mobile

Market Insights from the Strategy & Insights Team (Kev)

Note: Kev will be on PTO July 28 through Aug 8, so will miss the Jul 29 and Aug 5th calls. No one will be taking his place. He apologizes for this, and his use of the third person.

Something to Think About

Xiaomi released it's Mi4 flagship phone this week for $320-400. The news isn't really about the Mi4 - although it's a nice looking phone - it's around how Android handset prices are continuing to see downward pressure. $300-400 is the new sweet spot for super phones. It's eating into the profit margins of organizations like Samsung (draw parallels to Sony as you see fit), and making a whole lot of power even more accessible for Android users. We're seeing continued interest in Chromebooks (more below), and Microsoft is working with partners to introduce lower-cost hardware into the same space.
Why we should care: We consistently see metrics that more than 2/3 of buyers will spend more than $150 on their phone. The downward push on prices for hardware that continues to grow in capability and performance means even more people will be able to take advantage of a full-featured web on (what is usually) their primary communications and computing platform. This pricing pressure is extending into the

Worth a Read

Notes

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction (Arcadio)

Questions, Comments, FYI