Alpha Release: Cycle 5 – Service Release 3

We are releasing a preview of our next upcoming stable release, dubbed Cycle 5 – Service Release 3, to the Alpha channel. These builds contain a number of additional fixes on top of our current stable products, and we’re looking to get them into the Stable channel later this month if all goes well.

As this is an Alpha preview, there are still some known issues to be aware of. These are regressions against the previous stable release of Cycle 5 – Service Release 2. We’re looking to have these fixed in an upcoming preview, but felt they were not severe enough to hold back an Alpha containing lots of fixes people may be waiting on.

Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin.VS] – VS may hang when deploying a WatchKit application on simulator.

Products Released

  • Xamarin for Visual Studio 3.11.785
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: XamarinVS 3.11.785, Cycle 5 – Service Release 3
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 31009 – Fixed an issue where the build host would get disconnected due to an exception.
      • 26709 – Fixed an issue with Nuget installs not using latest Google Play Services version when creating projects with Xamarin Android libraries.
      • Fixed an issue where change to installation folder for Xamarin Android Player caused it to not show up with Xamarin.VS.
      • 29398 – Fixed an issue where the Xamarin.VisualStudio.iOS.Documents process would hold an open reference to the project folder after VS had exited.
  • Xamarin.Android
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: Xamarin.Android 5.1.5, Cycle 5 – Service Release 3
    • Issues Addressed
      • 31527 – Fixed an issue where System.Runtime was not able to load correctly in projects with both Shared Runtime and Link SDK enabled.
      • 28114 – Fixed a crash caused by overriding Keyboard.CreateKeyFromXml.
      • 30823 – Fixed AOT task failure when linker is set to “don’t link”.
  • Mono Framework MDK
    • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 30868 – Fixed an issue with exceptions occurring when using certain versions of Mono.
      • 29823 – Fixed an issue which broke SqlConnectionBuilder after migrating to System.Data in Mono 4.0.0 or later.
      • 29571 – Fixed mismatching behavior between Mono and .NET for null comparison values.

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – July 17th, 2015.

Beta – Late July

Stable – End of July / Early August