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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.

New HockeySDK Releases for Windows and Community Branch


We’ve just released version 4.1.6 of our Windows SDKs (UWP, WinRT, and WP). This release fixes some minor bugs and, for UWP, adds more details about inner exceptions to crash logs.

Additionally, we’ve created a new community branch to our Git repository. From now on, changes to HockeyApp involving WinForms and WPF should be merged into this branch. (We’ll still look at the pull requests for the community branch, but only as a sanity check.) In other words, we do not officially support HockeyApp for WinForms or WPF, but we’ve created this branch to let the community continue its work on these SDKs. The reason we are not officially supporting these platforms is that we can focus more on our efforts on the upcoming Mobile Center.

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

You can access the releases here:

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