HockeySDK Releases for iOS and Android

2017-06-23

Another set of new releases, this time our iOS and Android SDK got a few bugfixes and accessibility improvements.

We attach great importance to ensure a high accessibility standard, if you’ve any issues please let us know and file a ticket directly on GitHub or get in touch via Twitter, our public Slack, or Support.


You can access the releases here:

HockeySDK-Android 4.1.5

HockeySDK-iOS 4.1.6

Ask Us Anything on Reddit, June 22, 10-11am PT

2017-06-20

We launched HockeyApp to the public more than six years ago. A lot of things have changed, and we have big plans to help developers even more with our next generation - Visual Studio Mobile Center. Mobile Center allows you to manage all your existing apps with the same feature set that you know and love from HockeyApp, but also adds new capabilities, like continuous integration, automated tests on real devices, and push notifications.

If you want to learn more about Mobile Center and how we’re building it, what this means for HockeyApp customers, or, really any questions, join us for a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) this Thursday:

Ask any question to Thomas Dohmke and Ryan J. Salva on June 22, 10-11am PT

From the beginning, our motto at HockeyApp has been to always be there for our customers: in our support channel, at conferences, on Twitter and social media, and - of course - with the product itself. We’ll continue this mentality with Mobile Center, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you this Thursday!

Mobile Center plugin for fastlane

2017-06-06

Fastlane helps to streamline your iOS and Android build process by taking care of tedious and repetitive tasks and thus saves developer time. With HockeyApp and fastlane, you can already simplify beta distribution significantly.

The new Mobile Center plugin for fastlane builds on the existing Hockey action and preserves the ease of release distribution and dSYM upload. This means that existing scripts can be updated without much effort.

Within a lane, you can upload iOS and Android builds to release them to your audience and also benefit from uploading the dSYM files of your iOS releases for crash reporting. To install the plugin, run fastlane add_plugin mobile_center and add the desired upload task to your Fastfile.

Let’s theoretically release an app to a distribution group of ours. First, if you don’t already have one, create a Mobile Center API token, then add the mobile_center_upload task to a lane like so:

lane :beta do
  gym(
    scheme: "Bubbles",
    export_method: "ad-hoc",
  )

  mobile_center_upload(
    api_token: "<Mobile Center API token>",
    owner_name: "Bubbleman",
    app_name: "Bubbles",
    ipa: "./Bubbles.ipa",
    group: "Bubblers",
    release_notes: "Pops!"
  )
end

Finally, run the lane, fastlane beta, and the release get’s distributed to your Bubblers. If the app doesn’t exist on Mobile Center yet, we will automatically create it for you.

The plugin is open source and available on GitHub. Feel free to contribute, suggest new features or let us know if you’re facing any issues.

Preview your HockeyApp apps in Mobile Center

2017-05-18

As many of you know, Visual Studio Mobile Center is the next generation of HockeyApp.

We’re launching the first step in our transition plan using your existing apps on HockeyApp inside Mobile Center. This will be initially limited to HockeyApp Preseason customers and will expand over the coming months to all HockeyApp customers.

We’re committed to making this a seamless transition for you and to making it easy for you to use everything Mobile Center has to offer such as CI, automated testing on real devices, analytics and other services.

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

Your apps side-by-side

All of your apps, organizations, collaborators, and testers now co-exist in HockeyApp and Mobile Center. Use Mobile Center’s new services on your active HockeyApp apps without affecting your HockeyApp experience. Read the documentation

Your HockeyApp data in Mobile Center

Any changes you make in HockeyApp will update Mobile Center to ensure consistency. Additionally, incoming user data from the HockeyApp SDK will be streamed to Mobile Center.

Extend your test suite

Go beyond what HockeyApp provides today with Mobile Center’s cloud-hosted continuous integration and automated UI testing to ensure your builds are solid before they get distributed to your beta testers and your customers.

If you are not a member of the Preseason program and are interested in moving to Mobile Center earlier, or if you have questions regarding the transition, please reach out to support@hockeyapp.net.

Where to catch Mobile Center at //BUILD

2017-05-09

Are you attending //BUILD this week? Be sure to check out the sessions on Mobile Development & the new Mobile Center:

Seattle skyline with text, Microsoft Build 2017, Downtown Seattle, WA, May 10-12.

Thursday

  • @11:30, Building cross platform with React Native (T6065-R1)
  • @1pm, Visual Studio Mobile Center | Ship mobile apps faster (B8072)
  • @2:30pm, Mobile Center & VSTS: Better together for your Mobile DevOps (T6079)
  • @5:30pm, Open Q&A: Mobile Development. (B8907)

Friday

  • @10:30, Simplified app development with plug-ins for Xamarin and Windows (T6069)
  • @11:30, Building a mobile development pipeline (T6016)
  • @12:30, Better, faster, automated! App deployment in Visual Studio Mobile Center. (T6031)

Want to get a free, limited edition, Mobile Center t-shirt? You can complete one of two different quick start coding challenges at //BUILD and then stop by our booth to collect your shirt!

T-shirt design showing devices skyrocketing.


Lastly, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi! We are right between the theater stage and Hololens in the Expo Hall.