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VMware Horizon Client for Android Release Notes

Horizon Client for Android 3.4 | 04 June 2015

Last Updated: 04 June 2015

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon Client for Android makes it easy to access a Windows-based remote desktop or application from your Android tablet or phone with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

  • Work the way you want to - Use your Android tablet or phone to use a Windows-based remote desktop or application from any location. Support for the PCoIP display protocol from VMware means your remote desktop or application is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
  • Best of both worlds - For the mobile device world, Horizon Client supports native Android gestures for quick and easy navigation around a remote desktop or application. For the Windows world, the full-screen touchpad feature lets you touch anywhere on the screen to move the mouse pointer around the Windows-based remote desktop or application. Bridging both worlds, the Unity Touch sidebar makes it easy to browse, search, open, and close Windows applications and files, minimize windows, and switch between running applications, all without using the Windows Start menu or Taskbar.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon Client for Android is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon with View for simple setup and connectivity. Quickly reconnect to a remote desktop or application by selecting it from the Recent tab.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol mean your remote desktop or application is fast and responsive regardless of whether you are connecting over your corporate WiFi network or from your 3G, 4G, or LTE connected Android tablet or phone.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is always secure. And with RSA soft token integration, you need enter only your RSA PIN into Horizon Client when RSA authentication is required. No need for an RSA hardware token or RSA software token utility. Horizon Client also supports RADIUS authentication with VMware View 5.1 and Horizon Client for Android 1.5 or later.

Note: You can use remote applications only if you are connected to a VMware Horizon 6.0 with View or later server.

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What's New in This Release

This release of Horizon Client for Android includes the following new features.

  • Smart cards for logging in to RDS desktops and hosted applications
    Users can now authenticate to RDS-based desktops and RDS-based applications using smart cards. Requires View Agent 6.1 or later.
  • OpenSSL 1.0.1m support
    The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.1m.

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Internationalization

For Horizon Client for Android, both the user interface and the documentation are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.

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Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client for Android requires the Android 3 (Honeycomb) or later operating system.
    Note: The latest version of the client for the Cisco Cius tablet is Horizon Client 1.5 and is available in CiscoHQ.
  • Horizon Client for Android is supported with the latest maintenance release of View 5.3.x and later releases.
  • When you install Horizon Client for Android, you are prompted to let the app read phone status and identity. This prompt relates to the RSA soft token integration feature. The prompt is requesting permission to read the state of the phone. This permission does not allow the app to make a phone call or send a message. You can safely grant this permission.
  • Install and upgrade Horizon Client for Android just as you do any other Android app. For example, you can get the latest version of the app from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore for Android. For a link to the Horizon Client app in one of these stores, go to the Horizon Client Downloads page.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon Client for Android.

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Resolved Issues

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.4

The following issues were resolved in this version of Horizon Client for Android:

  • When you logged off of a remote desktop, an error message appeared. Now, an informational message pops up that states the session was disconnected.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.2

The following issues were resolved in this version of Horizon Client for Android:

  • When you used the virtual printing feature and changed any printer settings or printing preferences, such as, for example, DPI or double-sided printing, the printer settings did not persist after you disconnected or logged off from a remote desktop. This issue has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.1

The following issues were resolved in this version of Horizon Client for Android.

  • Android UK keyboards did not map correctly in Horizon Client for Android. This issue has been resolved.
  • Horizon Client for Android was not compatible with the "Android L" developer preview emulator. This issue has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.0

No issues were fixed in this release of Horizon Client for Android.

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Known Issues

  • The Unity Touch sidebar cannot show changes in the All Programs menu for new software that you install during that same session.
    Workaround: To see items for new software that you recently installed, disconnect from the desktop and then connect again.
  • The Shift key in the top row of the onscreen keyboard or in the navigation keys is for entering key combinations, such as Ctrl+Shift. If you need to capitalize a letter or type an exclamation point (!) or question mark (?) or other symbol that you create by using the Shift key, use the up arrow as you would in the standard onscreen keyboard.
  • On Android 2.x and 3.x devices, you cannot use 7-Zip to open the ZIP file that the Horizon Client log collection feature generates. This problem is caused by a known Google Android 2.x/3.x builtin compression limitation.
    Workaround: Use AndroZip to open the ZIP file.
  • When you connect to an RDS (Remote Desktop Session) desktop with the PCoIP display protocol, a license is issued to your Android device. If you later connect to the same RDS desktop with a third-party app that uses RDP (such as Microsoft Remote Desktop), a second license is issued to your Android device. This problem occurs because PCoIP and RDP record different names for your device on the license server. For example, PCoIP might record the name as NEXUS 10 SAMSUN and RDP might record the name as Nexus-10-4.42.
  • Because an Android device does not have a persistent ID, the device's MAC address is used to generate an ID for the license. If a device's MAC address cannot be detected, its SIM is used instead. If neither the MAC address nor SIM can be detected, a random ID is generated for the device. In certain circumstances, this process can result in multiple licenses being issued to the same device.
    Workaround: An administrator can remove the inactive licenses.
  • When you try to use smart card authentication with a View Connection Server instance that has TLS 1.2 enabled, Horizon Client returns an SSL error.
    Workaround: Ask your View administrator to change the SSL configuration for the View Connection Server instance to use an earlier TLS version, such as TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.0, or SSLv3. For more information, see the View Administration document. Next, in Horizon Client use the Horizon Client interface tools to display General Settings, tap Advanced SSL Options, and select the corresponding security protocols. Finally, use Horizon Client to reconnect to the View Connection Server instance with smart card authentication.
  • If multiple Horizon clients connect to the same RDS desktop or remote application simultaneously and map to a location-based printer with the same name, the printer appears in the first client session, but not in later client sessions.
    Workaround: For the client sessions in which the printer does not appear, perform a manual refresh. For a remote desktop, press F5 or refresh the Devices and Printers window. For a remote application, close and reopen the application print dialog box. The location-based printer appears in the printer list.

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