Category Archives: Beta

Releases specifically targeted for the Beta Updater Channel.

Beta Preview: Cycle 6 Service Release 1

We are releasing an updated Beta preview of our next Service Release to Cycle 6. This is a much bigger service release, and should address a vast majority of the issues we’ve seen reported by the community after the release of Cycle 6. The issues noted below as addressed are not the only ones fixed with this release, so make sure to check out the product release notes to see all the fixes provided with this preview.

Please use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, and find any potential workarounds that may exist.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio] – Using IComponent will wipe the designer.cs file.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – Renaming UI for Asset Catalogs (AppIcon, LaunchImages, Images, Data, SpriteAlias) is not appearing correctly.
    • Workaround: You can still rename these items using the “Name” entry in the Properties window (“View -> Properties Windows”).

Products Released

  • Xamarin Studio 5.10.2.55
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Beta Release: Xamarin 4, Cycle 6 – Service Release 1
    • Key Issues Addressed:
      • 32494 – Fixed an issue where Xamarin Studio would always compile using C# 5, leading to various errors (often syntax errors) if the project included C# 6 features.
      • 35977 – Fixed an issue where Japanese characters could not be typed into the text editor.
      • 34250 – Fixed an issue where all of the menu items would become disabled after certain project operations.
  • Xamarin for Visual Studio 4.0.1.81
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread –Beta Release: Xamarin 4, Cycle 6 – Service Release 1
    • Key Issues Addressed:
      • Fixed the “iOS IPA -> Include Artwork in IPA” checkbox in the project properties so that it correctly saves changes to the value.
      • Added a candidate fix for an issue where breakpoints in class libraries were not being resolved (non-public Bug 35691).
      • 36117 – Fixed an issue where certain distribution identities and provisioning profiles did not appear in the iOS project settings.
      • Fixed an issue with WatchKit applications in Notification mode failing with “System.ArguementOutOfRangeException”.
  • Xamarin.iOS 9.4.1.24
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread –Beta Release: Xamarin 4, Cycle 6 – Service Release 1
    • Key Issues Addressed:
      • 35786 – Fixed an issue where the iOS build process could run out of file descriptors when building large projects, leading to errors such as “error : Could not strip assembly”.
      • 30698 – Fixed an issue with certain 32-bit floating point operations causing crashes on 32-bit devices.
      • 36238 – Fixed an issue with True/False status of the “iOS IPA -> Include Artwork in IPA” not showing the correct value unless the text of the .csproj file explicitly included the “IpaIncludeArtwork” property.

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – December 8th, 2015

Alpha (w/ iOS 9.2 & Xcode 7.2 support) – December 10th, 2015

Alpha 2 – December 18th, 2015

Alpha 3 – January 18th, 2016

Beta – This release!

Stable – Late January 2016

Beta Preview: Cycle 6 Preview Update – Release Candidate 3

We are releasing a slightly updated preview of Cycle 6 to the Beta channel. These updated RCs fix a known issue with Xamarin Inspector compatibility from RC2. The Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.Mac, and Mono Framework remain unchanged from the previous release.

If you are used to the updater channels in Xamarin Studio and/or Visual Studio, simply switching to the Beta channel and getting the latest content will give you the RC3 series of builds. To make it as easy as possible for Xamarin developers to participate in this RC, we’ve also prepared special versions of our installers which will install the new RC3 build on your Mac and Windows machine if nothing has been previously installed. (Note – if you have gotten web previews of newer Xamarin Platform builds, the installer will not update and you should use the updater in the IDE against the Beta channel).

Mac Installer  |  Windows Installer

Please note, to use RC3 to develop iOS applications in Visual Studio, you’ll need to install the release on both your Mac and Windows workstations.

The biggest change with the Cycle 6 builds is an overhaul of how Xamarin builds iOS projects on your Mac from Visual Studio. If you happen to experience issues with any of the RC3 products, please log a bug report.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio] – Holding down Command+Z batches undo actions. (Undo is not executed until key combination is released.)

Products Released


Cycle 6 Release Dates

Beta Preview: Cycle 6 Preview Update – Release Candidate 2

We are releasing a updated preview of Cycle 6 to the Beta channel. These updated RCs provide additional fixes on top of the previous builds.

If you are used to the updater channels in Xamarin Studio and/or Visual Studio, simply switching to the Beta channel and getting the latest content will give you the RC2 series of builds. To make it as easy as possible for Xamarin developers to participate in this RC, we’ve also prepared special versions of our installers which will install the new RC2 build on your Mac and Windows machine if nothing has been previously installed. (Note – if you have gotten web previews of newer Xamarin Platform builds, the installer will not update and you should use the updater in the IDE against the Beta channel).

Mac Installer  |  Windows Installer

Please note, to use RC2 to develop iOS applications in Visual Studio, you’ll need to install the release on both your Mac and Windows workstations.

The biggest change with the Cycle 6 builds is an overhaul of how Xamarin builds iOS projects on your Mac from Visual Studio. If you happen to experience issues with any of the RC2 products, please log a bug report.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio] – Xamarin.iOS apps may sometimes crash when using the Xamarin Inspector.
  • [Xamarin Studio] – Holding down Command+Z batches undo actions. (Undo is not executed until key combination is released.)

Products Released


Cycle 6 Release Dates

Beta Release: iOS 9.1 / Xcode 7.1 Support & El Capitan Fixes

We are releasing new Beta builds to both address some issues with OSX El Capitan compatibility in the Stable channel, and also support the final iOS 9.1 API that Apple released yesterday as part of Xcode 7.1. Please note this release only supports the iOS 9.1 API, and does not include watchOS2 or tvOS support. Those will come at a later date.

As this is a Beta, there may still be issues present, and others we may find as time goes on. Please use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, and find any potential workarounds that may exist.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin.iOS] – WatchKit apps will fail to build when using Xcode 6.x

Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – N/A

Beta – Today!

Stable – Late October, 2015

Xamarin.Android Hotfix for Stable Channel to address “Could not load machine data” error

We are releasing an updated Xamarin.Android build to the Stable channel in order to address an issue with activation failures spotted in our recent Android M Stable Release from last week. This build is also being pushed to the Beta channel, as that channel shared the same Xamarin.Android version as the Stable channel at the time this issue was discovered.


Products Released

Beta Release: iOS 9 Support – Service Release 1

We are releasing new Beta builds to further address some issues with our previously released iOS 9 support

As this is a Beta, there may still be issues present, and others we may find as time goes on. Please use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, and find any potential workarounds that may exist. 


Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – N/A

Beta – Today!

Stable – Early October, 2015

UPDATED – Beta Release: Xamarin iOS Support for iOS 9

UPDATE – Newer preview builds of Xamarin Studio, Xamarin.VS, and Xamarin.iOS are now available in the Beta channel. Build information updated below. The Mono Framework MDK remains the same as the previous Beta release. 

Be sure to check out the associated documentation we have available for iOS 9, and our Xamarin Blog Post

We are targeting a Stable date for iOS 9 support of September 16th, to coincide with Apple’s final release. 

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.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin.iOS] – F# Single View template crashes on launch.
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – WatchOS 2.0 is not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – OSX 10.11 is not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – Building with an iOS class library that uses string resources fails.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – WatchKit Application in Glance mode does not die after clicking stop.

Products Released

  • Mono MDK Framework 4.0.4.2

 

Beta Release: Cycle 5 – Service Release 4

We are releasing the Cycle 5 Service Release 4 builds to the Beta channel. Normally these builds would go to the Alpha channel first, but as we are using that for an advance preview of our next major feature release, we’re moving the Cycle 5 Service Release 4 builds to Beta directly. There will likely be one or more updates to these Beta builds before they go to Stable, so this isn’t cutting the timeframe for this release short.

As this is an earlier than normal Beta, there will probably be some issues that still need to be fixed, and others we may find as time goes on. Please use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, and find any potential workarounds that may exist. 

** Note for Xamarin VS 2015 Users – If you installed Xamarin using our integration with Visual Studio 2015, you may be prompted to upgrade multiple times due to this release. Users installing with that method were placed on the Alpha channel by default, and we’ve made a one-time adjustment to set you back to the Stable channel. This will result in one upgrade to the new Alpha, and one update to the latest Stable release. Please feel free to select the updater channel you’d like to use, outlined in this guide.  **


Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – N/A

Beta – Today!

Next Beta – Early September 2015

Stable – Mid September 2015

UPDATED – Beta Release: Cycle 5 – Service Release 3

** UPDATE – The Xamairn.iOS build now also includes a fix for Watch Apps being rejected during app submission. **

We are releasing an updated preview of our next upcoming stable release, dubbed Cycle 5 – Service Release 3, to the Beta channel. These builds contain additional patches that were not included in the previous alphas.

This Beta release is almost ready for Stable, however we are waiting on a fix for one remaining issue, noted below. If you are encountering this issue and need to submit a Watch App immediately, we provided a download only build of Xamarin.iOS last week, based off our current Stable build to address this issue. This will be fixed for Cycle 5 Service Release 3 when it goes to Stable. 


Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – July 17th, 2015.

Alpha 2 – July 23rd, 2015.

Beta – Today!

Stable – Early August

Beta Release: Cycle 5 – Service Release 2

** UPDATE – A newer Beta build if Xamarin.iOS has been uploaded to the Beta channel, which addresses the previously described known issue with incorrect MT3001 errors. **


The previously released Cycle 5 – Service Release 2 builds from the Alpha channel have had additional fixes added to them and are now ready for release to the Beta channel. New fixes since the Alpha release are listed below for each product, and we’re still hoping to do a Stable release of these products around the end of the month if all goes well.

While we like our Beta releases to be as flawless as possible, there was one issue we found very recently that needs attention before these builds go to Stable, but we felt it was best not to block the entire Beta release for that one issue. We’ll be putting out an updated Beta with patches to address this known issue soon, but for the time being please be aware of it when using the iOS product.


Products Released

*Note: The build number for Xamarin Studio remains unchanged from the Alpha channel, so if you already are on the Alpha of Xamarin Studio and move to the Beta, the updater will not prompt you to download anything for XS.

  • Xamarin for Visual Studio 3.11.666
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Beta Release: XamarinVS 3.11.666, Cycle 5 – Service Release 2
    • Issues Addressed:
      • Fixed an issue where Xamarin.Android debugger would not properly work under certain Runtime/Linker configurations. 
      • Fixed an issue where the position of breakpoints could change during debugging of Android Applications.
      • Fixed an issue where deployment of an Android application would cause an error when deploying a second time on a different device. 
      • 26841 – Fixed an issue where a project would sometimes not build after a debugging session ended.
  • Xamarin.iOS 8.10.2.37
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Beta Release: Xamarin.iOS 8.10.2, Cycle 5 – Service Release 2
    • Issues Addressed:
      • Fixed an issue with MT3001 errors occuring while building in situations where they should not. 
      • Fixed an issue where apps would crash on 32-bit and 64-bit devices running iOS 9.
      • Fixed an issue where 32-bit Xamarin.iOS apps deployed on 64-bit iOS 9 devices would crash on launch.
      • Fixed an issue with broken dsymutil in Xcode 7 Beta 1
      • 30420 – Fixed an issue with certain UITableViews not working correctly.

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – June 10th 2015

Beta – Today!

Stable – Late June