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New HockeySDK releases for Xamarin and Unity


We’ve just released 4.1.1 of our Xamarin SDK which wraps the latest native SDKs and comes with a few bug fixes.

In addition, we’ve also released new versions of our SDKs for Unity.

Make sure to upgrade feel and free to get in touch via Twitter, our public Slack or Support.

You can access the releases here:

HockeySDK-Xamarin 4.1.1

HockeySDK-Unity-iOS 1.1.4

HockeySDK-Unity-Android 1.1.2

Learn More About Mobile Center with Our New Webinar Series


Last November, we launched the next generation of HockeyApp – Visual Studio Mobile Center – as a limited preview. We’ve shipped many new features, including support for Xamarin and React Native apps, and we’ve received – and incorporated – a lot of user feedback. As part of this, we’re addressing your request to make it even easier to learn about Mobile Center’s services and how they help you build better mobile apps.

Throughout February, join us for a seven-part “Introduction to Mobile Center” webinar series, with topics ranging from individual mobile lifecycle services to specific development languages, and more. If you haven’t signed up for Mobile Center yet, we’ll show you how to get started in minutes. If you’re already a Mobile Center customer, get step-by-step guidance and best practices from our expert Product Managers.

Register now

2/1: Mobile Center | Ship Mobile Apps Faster

Presenters: Thomas Dohmke, Piyush Joshi

Learn how Mobile Center brings together the cloud and lifecycle services that developers need to deliver high quality mobile apps faster. Walkthrough core features, learn how to automatically build, test, distribute, and monitor apps, and add backend cloud services that scale to millions of users.

2/7: Mobile Center | Give Your Apps an Instant Backend

Presenters: Adrian Hall, Joe Mellin

Mobile Center makes it easy to add powerful, essential cloud services – including authentication, offline sync, and more. You’ll get detailed guidance on how to set up social and enterprise authentication services, use Easy Tables to connect to cloud or on-premises data, and a preview of our roadmap.

2/14: Mobile Center for Xamarin Developers

Presenter: James Montemagno

Get a Xamarin-developer specific Mobile Center walkthrough, and learn how to use your C# skills to fully automate your Android and iOS release pipeline. James will demo automated builds, tests, and beta distribution, as well as show how integrating with the Mobile Center SDK allows you to track how your apps and users behave in the wild.

2/15: Continuous Delivery | Building a Development Pipeline in Mobile Center Webinar

Presenters: Simina Pasat, Joshua Weber

Mobile Center simplifies Continuous Delivery, updating team members with every build and pull request, distributing passing builds to your beta groups for testing and fast feedback, and making sure that your production users get the latest versions as soon as possible. You’ll learn how to automate your entire development pipeline, iterating and continuously improving your apps.

2/21: Mobile Center Analytics: Insights Your Users Won’t Tell You

Presenters: Ela Malani; Karl Piteira

Mobile Center’s Crashes and Analytics give you the immediate crash reports and user behavior data you need to understand user behavior in real-time, triage production issues, prioritize your next sprint, and adjust long-term goals. Learn to win and keep your mobile users’ loyalty, quickly shipping new features they’ll love.

2/22: Get More from Your App Testing with Mobile Center

Presenter: Justin Raczak

Learn how Mobile Center helps you test your apps at scale—not just on a few popular models—to deliver better apps on your users’ choice of device. You’ll step through connecting apps to Mobile Center, instrumenting and running Espresso tests, and using robust reports to debug and fix issues quickly.

2/28: Next Generation CodePush and More: Mobile Center for React Native Developers

Presenters: Ryan J. Salva; Parashuram N

See how Mobile Center combines the power of CodePush with all the lifecycle and cloud services you need to ship high quality React Native apps faster. Learn to automate your builds and app testing, add cloud services, and use Live Update (Preview)—the next generation of CodePush—to deploy new features and fixes to users.

Join one or all webinars to learn how Mobile Center gives developers faster release cycles, higher quality apps, and the time and data to focus on what users want.

Register here

HockeySDK Holiday Releases


Just in time for the holiday season, we have published minor releases to our SDK for Android and Apple platforms.

Make sure to upgrade your HockeySDK and feel free to get in touch via Twitter, our public Slack or Support.

You can access the release here:

HockeySDK-Android 4.1.2

HockeySDK-iOS 4.1.3

HockeySDK-Mac 4.1.2

HockeySDK-tvOS 4.1.1

The Next Generation of HockeyApp


Microsoft’s Mobile DevOps process helps developers manage the app lifecycle and automate integration, testing, delivery, and monitoring. The current version of this Mobile DevOps stack consists of multiple integrated-but-discrete tools, including Azure Mobile Engagement, CodePush, Visual Studio Team Services, Xamarin Test Cloud, and HockeyApp.

We have learned a lot from offering these services in the past few years and are excited to give you a preview of our next generation product:

Mobile Center will combine the lifecycle, monitoring, and backend features of Microsoft’s existing stack into a single platform. You can use any number of these features independently, but the more you combine, the more powerful Mobile Center becomes.

It all starts with a great onboarding experience, including an API-first design, that allows you to use Mobile Center completely through its REST API. During the preview, we are launching the features outlined below.

With Build, you can take your source code from GitHub and create an installable app package automatically with every push. There’s no build server required and no need to provision a Mac in your data center—Mobile Center compiles your iOS and Android app from the source code, code signs the binary file, and distributes the app to your team members. The Distribute feature also lets you upload a build manually through web UI or API and define Distribution Groups to restrict the release to a subset of your team.

In addition to beta testing, the Test feature offers more than 400 unique configurations to validate your app’s behavior with automated tests on real devices. You can write test cases in C# (UITest), Ruby (Calabash), or Java (Appium & Espresso), and you can select a set of devices for each test run based on form factor, OS version, memory limit, or CPU.

Whether it’s distribution or testing, collecting usage data and crash reports is vital for the success of your app. By adding the Mobile Center SDK, you can enable the Crashes and Analytics features to collect symbolicated crash reports, user and session counts and histograms, as well as custom events and properties. And, of course, our SDK is open source under the MIT license, so you can review, fork, modify, and pull request the code on GitHub.

The SDK also enables two other features: Identity is the quickest way to authenticate and manage your app’s users with their Google, Facebook, Twitter, or Microsoft account, while Tables lets you create a cloud store for viewing, adding, or modifying app data, even when there is no network connection. Both features use the Azure platform to make it easy to create a backend for your app, and Mobile Center also leverages Azure to securely store all telemetry, crashes, events, and other properties to give you full control over the data your app gathers.

All of these features are now available as a limited preview for iOS and Android developers using Swift, Objective-C, Java, Xamarin, and React Native. To get started with Mobile Center, you can sign in with your existing HockeyApp account and password changes will sync between both systems. We are launching this limited preview as early as possible to gather your feedback and enable a continuous dialog with you, but Mobile Center is not yet ready for production apps. As such, in the first stage of the preview, HockeyApp apps and data will not be visible in Mobile Center. In the future, Mobile Center will show your new and existing HockeyApp apps to ensure a seamless transition for all HockeyApp customers.

We hope you share our excitement about the next generation of HockeyApp and that you’ll join us on this journey!

HockeySDK 4.1.1 for macOS


We just released a minor update to our HockeySDK for macOS. It comes with the following changes:

  • [IMPROVEMENT] BITCrashDetails now also contain the crashed processes’ ID.
  • [IMPROVEMENT] A crash report includes the app launch timestamp.
  • [BUGFIX] There’s a fix for a leak in BITChannel.
  • [BUGFIX] Additional safequards in MetricsManager to fix potential crash in BITChannel.

You can find the update here or bump your podfile to 4.1.1. Feel free to get in touch via Twitter or Support.