Evolve Keynote Releases!

UPDATE – We’ve added a new build of the Xamarin Profiler that is compatible with the Cycle 7 builds noted below. 

 

As you may have heard from Miguel during the Evolve 2016 Keynote session, we’re releasing a number of new builds to our Alpha and Beta channels, with many new features available to sample right now.

 

 


WEB PREVIEW – XAMARIN WORKBOOKS / INSPECTOR


We are releasing an updated preview of the Xamarin Inspector for iOS, Android, Mac, and WPF applications. Xamarin Inspector is an interactive tool that you can use to diagnose and prototype changes in your application. The inspector can attach to a live application on any of the supported platforms.


Products Released

 

 


WEB PREVIEW – iOS SIMULATOR (FOR WINDOWS)


We are releasing our first preview of the iOS Simulator for Xamarin.VS. The remoted iOS Simulator provides you with a way to test and debug iOS apps on the simulator entirely from Visual Studio on Windows.

 

 


WEB PREVIEW – XAMARIN PROFILER


Xamarin Profiler preview 0.33 is now available for download! There have been a number of fixes since our previous preview, which have been noted below.

Please note that the Mac app bundle has been renamed (from XamarinProfiler.Mac.app to “Xamarin Profiler.app”), so the old version needs to be removed before installing this new update, so that Xamarin Studio prompts the user for the new location.


Products Released

 

 


ALPHA RELEASE – CYCLE 8  FIRST PREVIEW


Our first preview of our newest upcoming feature release (called Cycle 8) can be downloaded from the Alpha channel.

NOTE: Since Google’s newest Android N previews now only allow linking to NDK-provided native libraries, existing apps using e.g. Mono.Data.Sqlite.dll will crash when running on Android N. The functionality to support this is not in this release, however it will be included in a future release of Cycle 8, and will also be published to our Stable Channel via a Service release shortly after Evolve 2016.

NOTE: Visual F# Tools 4.0 RTM must be installed in order for F# console project builds to work with Cycle 8 Xamarin Studio build noted below.

NOTE – You will need to have MS Build Tools 2015 installed in order to use the iOS Designer with the Xamarin.VS build published to the Alpha channel.


Cycle 8 Alpha Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.VS] – Updating your Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, or Xamarin.Mac to the builds noted below without also updating your IDE will prevent the IDE from properly running license checks, which can cause adverse functionality.
  • [Xamarin Studio – Windows Only] – You must have both MS Build Tools 2013 and MS Build Tools 2015 installed on your machine for Xamarin Studio to work properly on Windows.
  • [Xamarin.iOS] – Breakpoints may not hit for WatchKit applications when the Link All option is selected.
    • Workaround – Perform a “Clean” (or Rebuild) after switching the Link all option on.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Android.App.Instrumentation subclasses used for app launching or headless execution may not behave as expected when running on API 15 devices or lower.
    • Workaround – Change the target framework for any such project to v2.3.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Fast deployment is not working correctly for satellite assemblies.
    • Workaround – Disable fastdev/shared runtime to ensure the local assemblies are just bundled into the APK. This does not result in these assemblies also being written into MonoAndroidIntermediateAssetsDir.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Command line project installation via msbuild/xbuild  (as well as other targets which require a device) will now fail when multiple devices are attached.
    • Workaround – The suggested workflow is to use the ‘serial’ argument: “-s $(serial)”.

Cycle 8 Alpha Products Released 

  • GTK# 2.12.38

Upcoming Release Dates

Cycle 8 Alpha – This Release!

Cycle 8 Beta – Fall 2016

Cycle 8 Stable – Fall 2016

 

 


BETA RELEASE – CYCLE 7 RELEASE CANDIDATE


Our next major feature release, called Cycle 7, has had some Alpha and Beta previews out for awhile, but now we’re putting our first Release Candidate to the Beta Channel. We’re really close to finalizing this release, but need your help to hammer on these RCs and shake out any last issues that are hidden away.

NOTE: Since Google’s newest Android N previews now only allow linking to NDK-provided native libraries, existing apps using e.g. Mono.Data.Sqlite.dll will crash when running on Android N. The functionality to support this is not in this release, however it will be included in a future release of Cycle 7, and will also be published to our Stable Channel via a Service release shortly after Evolve 2016.

NOTE: Visual F# Tools 4.0 RTM must be installed in order for F# console project builds to work with Cycle 7 Xamarin Studio build noted below.

NOTE – You will need to have MS Build Tools 2015 installed in order to use the iOS Designer with the Xamarin.VS build published to the Beta channel.


Cycle 7 Release Candidate Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.VS] – Updating your Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, or Xamarin.Mac to the builds noted below without also updating your IDE will prevent the IDE from properly running license checks, which can cause adverse functionality.
  • [Xamarin Studio – Windows Only] – You must have both MS Build Tools 2013 and MS Build Tools 2015 installed on your machine for Xamarin Studio to work properly on Windows.
  • [Xamarin.iOS] – Breakpoints may not hit for WatchKit applications when the Link All option is selected.
    • Workaround – Perform a “Clean” (or Rebuild) after switching the Link all option on.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Android.App.Instrumentation subclasses used for app launching or headless execution may not behave as expected when running on API 15 devices or lower.
    • Workaround – Change the target framework for any such project to v2.3.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Fast deployment is not working correctly for satellite assemblies.
    • Workaround – Disable fastdev/shared runtime to ensure the local assemblies are just bundled into the APK. This does not result in these assemblies also being written into MonoAndroidIntermediateAssetsDir.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Command line project installation via msbuild/xbuild  (as well as other targets which require a device) will now fail when multiple devices are attached.
    • Workaround – The suggested workflow is to use the ‘serial’ argument: “-s $(serial)”.

 

Cycle 7 Release Candidate Products Released 

  • GTK# 2.12.38

Upcoming Release Dates

Cycle 7 Alpha – March 10th, 2016

Cycle 7 Alpha 2 – March 15th, 2016

Cycle 7 Beta – April 11th, 2106

Cycle 7 Release Candidate – This Release!

Cycle 7 – May 2016

 

Preview: Xamarin Inspector 0.7.2

We are releasing an updated preview of the Xamarin Inspector for iOS, Android, Mac, and WPF applications. Xamarin Inspector is an interactive tool that you can use to diagnose and prototype changes in your application. The inspector can attach to a live application on any of the supported platforms.


Products Released

Preview: Xamarin Inspector 0.7.1

We are releasing an updated preview of the Xamarin Inspector for iOS, Android, Mac, and WPF applications. Xamarin Inspector is an interactive tool that you can use to diagnose and prototype changes in your application. The inspector can attach to a live application on any of the supported platforms.


Products Released

Beta: Cycle 7

We are releasing a Beta of our next major feature release, called Cycle 7. As this is an Beta build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing.

Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this preview, and use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, as well as find any potential workarounds that may exist.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio] – Dragging and dropping a folder from one project to another moves the files, but does not add them to the destination project.
  • [Xamarin Studio] – Breakpoints are not hitting in Xamarin.Mac C#/F# Unified Applications.
  • [Xamarin Studio] – You may be unable to run watchkit applications after selecting Appicon on the Apple Watch Notification Center.
  • [Mono Framework] – Mono 4.3 Cryptography.ProtectedData fails to decrypt data from Mono 4.2. As a result, NuGet packages will fail to restore with the error “Data unprotection failed” when a protected NuGet source is configured.
    • Workaround – In Xamarin Studio you will need to add back any NuGet package sources that use password authentication before re-attempting to restore the packages.
  • [Xamarin.VS & Xamarin.iOS] – When deploying WatchKit applications in Visual studio, the error “The file ‘bin\iPhoneSimulator\Debug\WatchKitApp1WatchKitApp.app\WatchKitApp1WatchKitApp’ does not exist” may appear.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – tvOS Applications built with the “Build ad-hoc IPA” checkbox enabled in “Debug/Release + Device” configuration will fail with the error “The ‘CopyFileToWindows’ task failed unexpectedly.”

Products Released 


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – March 10th, 2016.

Alpha 2 – Mar 15th, 2016

Beta – This Release!

Stable – April/May 2016

Preview: Android N Support

We are releasing our first preview with support and bindings for Google’s Android N SDK. Be sure to visit the Android N page and read about all the new features N support provides. If you are looking to get started right away, make sure to check out the new Android N samples and join in on the forum discussions.

Please note that depending on which platform you are targeting, you will need to download certain products for this preview to work:

  • If you are using Visual Studio, you will only need to download the Xamarin.VS linked below.
  • If you are using Xamarin Studio on a Mac machine, you will need to download the Xamarin Studio, Xamarin Android, and Mono Framework linked below.
  • If you are using Xamarin Studio on a Windows machine, you will to download the Xamarin Studio, Xamarin.VS, and GTK Installer linked below.

There is no target stable date for N support at this time, as we have to wait until Google finalizes and publishes their support before we can release ours. That being said, we will do additional N preview releases between now and the final Google release, so be sure to check back and see if newer versions become available in the coming months.

As with all our preview releases, this is not a product we officially support. If you encounter any issues, we recommend filing a bug in Bugzilla. You can also jump into the discussions on the forum thread posted below.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin.Studio / Xamarin.VS] – The Xamarin.Android Designer does not support rendering of the new API level (N).
  • 31002 – [Xamarin.Studio / Xamarin.VS] – Users will have to manually make sure their minimum SDK version is set to v6.0 (23) or lower, instead of v6.0.99 (24), in order to deploy to N devices and emulators.
  • 40156 – [Xamarin Android] Projects which utilize Support.v7.AppCompat may no longer compile on Windows when using the preview build tools (24 rc2). This can be worked around by using the latest stable version of build tools instead (23.0.3).
  • 40193 – [Xamarin Android] Certain binding projects may no longer compile on Windows due to generator changes.

Products Released

  • Xamarin for Visual Studio 4.1.0.298 [Download]