Beta Preview 2: Cycle 8

We are releasing the second Beta preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 8. As this is a Beta build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing.

The issues addressed below are only the highest severity ones, so please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this preview.

The Xamarin team is looking for as much user feedback as possible on these Cycle 8 Beta versions, especially for the iOS 10 and Xcode 8 features. If you see a behavior that looks suspicious in these versions, and if it isn’t clear whether one of the known issues in the release notes matches the problem, please file a quick bug report.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

Known Issues 

  • [Mono Framework] – 42408: WebClient.DownloadString returns 401 Unauthorized when using Basic authentication
  • [Mono Framework] – 33475: Android app crashes when taking snapshots
  • [Mono Framework] – 40963: iOS app crashes when taking snapshots
  • [Mono Framework] – 42938:  Compilation of netstandard PCL library with xbuild fails with… CSC: error CS0518: The predefined type …  is not defined or imported
  • [Xamarin.iOS] – 42392:  ‘clang: error: unable to execute command: Segmentation fault: 11’ when compiling iOS project
  • [Xamarin for Visual Studio] – 40767: Collection View and Table View are rendered differently on the iOS designer and the actual simulator

Products Released

  • Xamarin Studio
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 42554 – Typing into the search box is corrupting memory and crashing XS
      • 43210 – User is not able to launch an activity by explicitly specifying which activity to launch for Android application in XS
      • 43187 – Quick build/run menu selector does not include run configurations
  • Xamarin.VS
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 43300 – Intermittent disconnection of VS from Build Host while working with iOS application.
      • 43037 – Unable to install XVS builds.
      • 43602 – “Device Log” window does not open in Visual Studio.
  • Xamarin.iOS
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 43373 – Unable to upload application to device due to an error “Could not load the framework ‘libswiftos.dylib’ (path: /Applications/” with Xcode8-beta6 update
  • Xamarin.Android
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 43268 – Android application crashes when launched on Android device, when running a project with a service in XS
      • 42646 – Error XA2006: Reference to metadata item ‘Android.Views.DecorCaptionShade’ when attempting to build codegen tests in release
  • Mono Framework
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 42864 –  “System.Net.WebException: Error: NameResolutionFailure” on second web request to certain raw IP addresses with HttpClient
      • 43305 – Standard Library dependency error on Xamarin Studio

Installing the Beta and switching back to Stable

You can install this new Beta version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – April 27th, 2016 (Evolve Conference)

Alpha 2 – July 13th, 2016

Alpha 3 – July 27th, 2016

Alpha 4 – Aug 2nd, 2016

Alpha 5– Aug 9th, 2016

Alpha 6 – Aug 12, 2016

Beta 1 – Aug 17th, 2016

Beta 2 – This Release!

Stable – Fall 2016