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 5.1.5.2
    • 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 4.0.3.13
    • 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

Preview: Xamarin Profiler 0.18

Xamarin Profiler preview 0.18 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.


Issues Addressed

  • 31317 – “Take Snapshot” button should be disabled when clicking on the “Pause” button.
  • 31101 – Fixed a crash when navigating using the next/previous options during snapshot/execution.
  • 31195 – First row of data in the “Allocations Summary” drill down should now be selected by default.
  • 30053 – Fixed an issue with Profiler not working correctly under certain conditions.

Products Released


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.

Preview: iOS 9/Xcode 7 Support

We are releasing our first preview with support for Apple’s iOS9 SDK that now works with Xcode 7 (the iOS 9 Stable hotfix was only for Xcode 6).

There is no target Stable date for iOS 9 support at this time, as we have to wait until Apple finalizes and publishes their support before we can release ours. That being said, we will be doing many additional iOS 9 preview releases between now and the final Apple 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.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – WatchOS 2.0 is not supported in these builds (WatchKit is supported, as it has been since Xamarin.iOS 8.9)
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – New Xcode 7 features are not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – OSX 10.11 is not supported in these builds.
  • [XamarinVS] – Visual Studio support for iOS 9/Xcode 7 previews is not yet available.

Products Released

 

Stable Release: Cycle 5 – Service Release 2

The previously released Cycle 5 – Service Release 2 builds from the Beta channel have finished their testing runs and are now ready for release to the Stable channel. There have not been any additional fixes added since the updated Beta release last week.

Please check the product release notes for a full list of fixes to each product included in this release. Included in this release is the fix to Stable from last week for iOS 9/Xcode 6, so if you had previously updated to that, there is no danger in regressing if you move to these stable builds.

*UPDATE: The Xamarin iOS version for Stable has been upgraded to 8.10.3.2, which supports iOS 8.4 and Xcode 6.4. 


Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – June 10th 2015

Beta – June 23rd, 2015

Stable – Today!

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

Preview: Xamarin Profiler 0.17

Xamarin Profiler preview 0.17 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.


Issues Addressed

  • 30948 – Fixed an issue where the Profiler would sometimes crash on startup.
  • 30036 – Fixed an issue where Xamarin.Mac apps would not correctly close when the Stop button was used in the Profiler.
  • 30225 – Console output not displays correctly for Xamarin.Mac apps.
  • 30683 – Snapshot data now correctly resets.
  • 31096 – Memory profiler now tracks total allocations.
  • 28846 – Fixed an issue where Xamarin.Android apps would sometimes throw an error and then fail to generate data and charts.
  • 27479 – Fixed an issue with Profiler showing “Unknown” nodes in the call tree.
  • 27944 – Fixed an issue with Profiler not generating data properly for the Allocations and Time Profiler instruments.
  • 29743 – Instrument selection dialog is now properly closing.
  • 30283 – Taking snapshots should no longer cause the Profiler to crash with an out of memory exception.
  • 29386 – Functionality of right panel now works correctly.
  • 28411 – When selecting any instrument, the focus should now move to that instrument along with it’s graph/chart.
  • 30585 – Expand/collapse icon is not working properly for right-side panel.
  • 31125 – Allocation List and Snapshot view should now default to sorting by time.
  • 30671 – Users should now be able to properly save profiler sessions.

Products Released


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.

iOS Hotfix for iOS 9 Preview (Xcode 6)

We are releasing an updated set of builds to the Stable channel in order to address the issues noted in our iOS9/El Capitan Technical Preview blog post. As noted in that post, we feel we’ve completed sufficient testing on the Xamarin.iOS SDK that resolves the issues affecting both 32 and 64 bit apps running on iOS 9. With this new Xamarin.iOS release, you should be able to rebuild and re-submit your apps using Xcode 6 and have them run against iOS 9 previews, ready to prepare them for the fall release of iOS 9. Head over to our developer page to read up on prepping your app for iOS 9.

We will also be posting previews of the Xamarin.iOS SDK that supports Xcode 7 and the iOS 9 APIs soon. Those builds will be distributed via a preview site, and we will have a new blog post up when they are available.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin.VS] – Debugging on iOS 9 devices from Visual Studio is not yet supported. 

Products Released

Preview: Android M Support

We are releasing our first preview with support for Google’s Android M SDK. It also includes bindings for API 22/Android 5.1. Be sure to visit the Android M page and read about all the new features M support provides. If you are looking to get started right away, make sure to check out the new Android M samples and join in on the forum discussions.

There is no target stable date for M 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 may do additional M 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 

  • 31002 – [Xamarin.Studio / Xamarin.VS] – Users will have to manually make sure their minimum SDK version is set to v5.1 (22) or lower, instead of v5.2 (23), in order to deploy to M devices and emulators.

Products Released

  • Xamarin for Visual Studio 3.11.669 [Download]

 

Preview: Xamarin Profiler 0.16

Xamarin Profiler preview 0.16 is now available for download! There have been a number of fixes since our previous preview that we wanted to get out in this updated release.

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.


Issues Addressed

  • 27182 – Fixed a hang that sometimes occured when profiling an iOS app on an iOS device.
  • 30053 – Fixed a crash on startup that would occur when using the Profiler with certain apps.
  • 30184 – Fixed issue with some info appearing twice in breadcrumbs.
  • 30219 – Fixed an issue where search strings would sometimes be removed from the search textbox.
  • 30220 –  Fixed an issue with UI not properly updating on Pause/Resume button when changing states.
  • 30283 – Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred when using the “Take Snapshot” button.
  • 30578 – Fixed an issue with “Take Snapshot” button being disabled in Windows Profiler.
  • 30628 – Fixed an issue with data sometimes not generating correctly in the details and extended details pans.
  • 30903 – Fixed an issue where triangles would sometimes not display correctly in the “Call Tree” tab for allocations.

Products Released


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.