HockeyApp from Microsoft

Where to catch Mobile Center at //BUILD


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.


  • @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)


  • @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.

HockeySDK Releases


While we are hard at work on Mobile Center, the Next Generation of HockeyApp, we haven’t neglected the SDKs for HockeyApp. HockeySDK-Android 4.1.4 and HockeySDK-iOS 4.1.5 come with some bugfixes and accessibility improvements for our Feedback UI and are included in HockeySDK-Xamarin 4.1.3.

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

You can access the releases here:

HockeySDK-Android 4.1.4

HockeySDK-iOS 4.1.5

HockeySDK-Xamarin 4.1.3

New HockeySDK releases for Xamarin and Unity


We’ve just released 4.1.2 of our Xamarin SDK and, in addition, new versions of our HockeySDK for Unity. The SDKs now wrap our latest native SDK and come with some minor bugfixes.

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

Thank you for using HockeyApp!

You can access the releases here:

HockeySDK-Xamarin 4.1.1

HockeySDK-Unity-iOS 1.1.5

HockeySDK-Unity-Android 1.1.3

HockeyApp Distribution Groups


On March 20th, we are making significant improvements to Teams in HockeyApp. We are launching an update that will rename Teams to ‘Distribution Groups’ and change the behavior of how Teams work.

  • Teams will be renamed to 'Distribution Groups’
  • Distribution Groups will no longer handle assigning roles. All members of a Distribution Group will be Testers.
  • Better UI for showing access to an app.
    • The users page for an app will now show a distribution group instead of listing a mixture of users who have been added directly or via a team.
  • When uploading a new release, you can now restrict who your build is delivered to by selecting a Distribution Group.

What do these changes mean to me?

For people who were not using teams or who were using security groups, this update will have no impact. The changes only apply to the teams feature (Teams tab, Add Teams button).

There will be no breaking changes or impact on user access today. All permissions granted via a team will be moved automatically over to each individual app, no effort is required from you. In the future, when granting developer permission to an app, you can do so directly in the app user management.

Why are you making these changes?

Looking at how teams are most commonly used today, they are used to define groups of testers to grant access to apps. We have changed teams to more clearly support that most common use case and have updated the name to reflect the most common use. In addition, we have streamlined the use of these groups to release restricted builds which should provide an alternative to creating more and more apps to manage releases to different audiences.

Mobile Center

Mobile Center is the next generation of HockeyApp. We are very excited about the much more comprehensive solution Mobile Center provides. The changes we are making to Teams helps to modernize HockeyApp into a similar pattern being used in Mobile Center and will allow us to provide a much smoother side by side experience between HockeyApp and Mobile Center. You can log in to Mobile Center today using your existing HockeyApp account and password to give it a try.

As always we love to hear your feedback and thoughts. If you have questions or concerns please reach out to us via support, our public slack channel HockeyCamp, or via the chat button on all Mobile Center pages.