(UPDATED) Beta Preview: Cycle 8 Service Release 0

Update – Xamarin.VS and Xamarin.Android packages have been updated to address issues 44591 and 44184 respectively. 

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We are releasing a Beta preview of our next service release, called Cycle 8 Service Release 0 (or C8SR0). As this is a Beta build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing.

The Xamarin team is looking for as much user feedback as possible on these Beta versions. 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.

Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin.Android]44268 – “Unexpected libzip error: Inval” when building projects that reference any of the Android Support Libraries on Windows if the user name contains any accented characters.
    • Temporary workaround: Create and log in with a Windows user account that has only ASCII letters in the user name.
    • Alternate workaround: Add a XAMARIN_CACHEPATH environment variable under Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > Environment Variables, and set it to a path that uses only ASCII letters in the directory names.
  • [Xamarin for Visual Studio] 44460 – “The “ResolveLibraryProjectImports” task failed unexpectedly” due to file handles being held too long: “Access to the path … C:\…\library_project_imports … is denied”.

Products Released

  • Xamarin Studio
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 42376 – Crash while loading certain solutions due to incorrect absolute path calculation
      • 43566 (via 44373) – The iOS Designer initialization process will cause any running iOS 10 simulator to become non-responsive.
      • 43655 – Cannot open ‘API Documentation’ in XS on Mac.
      • 43675 – New “run configurations” menu causes most of the emulator name to be cut off
      • 44021 – No way to set sticker icons source in iMessage extension
      • 44128 – Crash when closing designer window and changing API level
      • 44190 – iOS and tvOS Broadcast UI/Upload extension fails to build
      • 44282 – iOS and tvOS Broken Broadcast UI template
      • 44283 – Missing iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 simulators
      • 44293 – Incorrect target framework profile for new PCL in XS compared to VS
  • Xamarin.VS
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 44146 – “GetFullVsVersionString must be called on the UI thread” error appears when attempting to open Manage NuGet Packages for Solution, sometimes blocking the use of the NuGet package manager in projects that use Xamarin Components.
      • 43566 (via 44373) – The iOS Designer initialization process will cause any running iOS 10 simulator to become non-responsive.
      • 44482 – Unable to connect VS to mac build host
      • 44508 – Selecting a file via the file browser for “Custom entitlements” deletes the selected file from the file system rather than selecting it
      • 44269 – Android Designer with Custom Controls spins loading bar when x86 Java JDK is set as the active JDK under Tools > Options > Xamarin > Android Settings > Java Development Kit Location.
      • 44357 – Getting ‘codesign’ error when ‘Enable incremental builds’ option is checked in VS and no code signing certificate installed on build host.
      • 44262 – Google Play Publishing wizard fails after client id/secret are entered.
      • 44591 – “Run in Test Cloud” context menu item is missing in VS 2015
  • Xamarin.iOS
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 44225 – “Error: TrustFailure (CertificateUnknown)” when using Apple TLS handler to access HTTPS servers that use virtual domains (via Server Name Indication).
      • 44075 – VTCompressionSession does not handle null sample buffer
      • 42395 – Build runs indefinitely and never finishes with LLVM enabled
  • Xamarin.Android
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 43883 – Android Support v7 AppCompat Binding Generator error with Android N preview (API Level 24)
      • 39859 – Xamarin.Android apps on the Samsung Galaxy S7 fails to start with the error System.ExecutionEngineException SIGILL
      • 43411 – HTTP Bad Request (400) when encoding space (%20) in URL with AndroidClientHandler
      • 44448 – Urban Airship component causes native crash in Mono
      • 44184 – “The “BuildApk” task failed unexpectedly. Xamarin.Tools.Zip.ZipException: Entry has been changed” when attempting to archive or deploy apps in certain environments.
  • Xamarin.Mac
    • Incorporate Mono framework fixes.
  • Mono Framework
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 44402 – “Cannot implicitly convert type `int[]’ to `System.Collections.IEnumerable'” and “Type `System.Array’ does not contain a member `OfType’ and the best extension method overload … requires an instance of type `System.Collections.IEnumerable'”.

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


Beta – This Release!

Stable – September 2016