VMware Horizon View Client for Android Release Notes

Horizon View Client for Android 2.3.3 | 18 April 2014

Last Updated: 17 April 2014

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon View Client for Android makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop 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 work on your Windows-based Horizon View virtual desktop from any location. Support for the PCoIP display protocol from VMware means your desktop is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
  • Best of both worlds - For the mobile device world, Horizon View Client supports native Android gestures for quick and easy navigation around your desktop. For the Windows world, the full screen touchpad feature lets you touch anywhere on the screen to move the mouse pointer around the Windows virtual desktop. 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 View Client for Android is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon View for simple setup and connectivity. Quickly reconnect to your desktop by selecting from the recent desktop list.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol mean your virtual desktop 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 View Client when RSA authentication is required. No need for an RSA hardware token or RSA software token utility.
    Horizon View Client also supports RADIUS authentication with VMware View 5.1 and View Client for Android 1.5 or later.

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What's New in This Release

The 2.3.3 release of VMware Horizon View Client for Android updates the Horizon View Client for Android 2.3.1 release to resolve security issues found in the OpenSSL 1.0.1 library. The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.1g to resolve multiple security issues. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2014-0076 and CVE-2014-0160 to these issues. CVE-2014-0160 is known as the Heartbleed issue. For more information, see KB 2076796: VMware Horizon View and the Heartbleed Bug.

Other than providing the OpenSSL library enhancement, this release is exactly the same as the Horizon View Client for Android 2.3.1 release.

The 2.3.x releases of Horizon View Client for Android include the following new features:

  • Unity Touch sidebar enhancements - End users can now reorder application and file favorites and maximize and restore running applications from the Unity Touch sidebar.
  • Advanced SSL options - End users can now select the security protocols that Horizon View Client uses to connect to a View server and configure the cipher control string.
  • Japanese 106/109 keyboard layout support - End users can now configure Horizon View Client to use the Japanese 106/109 keyboard layout in Windows XP desktops in which Japanese keyboard layout is enabled.
  • Log off, reset, and roll back changes - End users must now log off, reset, and roll back desktops from a context menu in the Desktops list. You can no longer perform these operations from a desktop shortcut.
  • Desktop search - End users can now search for desktops by typing a desktop name in a search box at the top of the Desktops list.
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) is now supported - Android RunTime (ART) is supported in Android 4.4 as an experimental feature.
  • Multiple recent connections pages - If there are too many desktop shortcuts to fit on one page, Horizon View Client now creates multiple recent connection pages.

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For Horizon View 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

  • VMware Horizon View 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 View Client 1.5 and is available in CiscoHQ.
  • Horizon View Client for Android is supported with the latest maintenance release of View 4.6.x and later View and Horizon View releases.
  • When you install Horizon View 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 View 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 View Client app in one of these stores, go to the Horizon View Client Downloads page.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon View Client for Android.

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Resolved Issues

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.3.x

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

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.2.x

  • On Android 3 and 4.1.x devices, if you had an active connection to a View desktop and then had View Client run in the background while you paired a Blue Tooth keyboard to the tablet, the connection to the View desktop was lost. This issue has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.1.x

  • Previously, if you used an external keyboard with a Kindle Fire device, some Function keys, including F1,F2,F3 and F10, did not work correctly. This issue has been resolved.
  • Occasionally, connecting to a View desktop would fail due to a timeout issue. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, if View Client connected to a security server that used some types of security certificates other than the default self-signed certificate, the View Client app would exit unexpectedly while opening the View desktop. This issue has been resolved.
  • Occasionally, external USB keyboards would not work unless you first pressed the Spacebar or Page Down or Page Up key before pressing other keys. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, when installing the Remote Experience Agent in a View destkop, even if the administrator did not install the Unity Touch component, the Unity Touch sidebar would appear in the desktop and some Unity Touch features were available. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, a problem occurred when connecting to VMware Horizon View deployments that used certain load balancers configured to do SSL offloading. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, a timeout problem could occur when connecting to View Connection Server. This issue has been resolved.

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Known Issues

  • Do not use an external mouse, such as a Bluetooth mouse, when using the presentation mode feature. Instead, use the large onscreen touchpad on the Android device. If you attempt to use a mouse, the mouse pointer might not be able to move to the bottom or right side of the screen, and when moved to the top of the screen, might conflict with some of the function keys shown on the large onscreen touchpad, rather than the top of the remote desktop.
  • 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.
  • If you use the Unity Touch sidebar to start a Windows 8 Desktop-mode application, such as Microsoft Word, while the Windows 8 Start screen (Metro mode) is displayed, the application is launched in the background. In this example, you cannot see the Microsoft Word application until you switch to the traditional Desktop mode.
  • If your Android device uses a resolution lower than 1024x768 and you want to use a Windows 8 remote desktop, you must use Desktop mode for the Windows 8 remote desktop. Using the tiles on the Start screen requires a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher.
  • Horizon View 1.6 and later mobile clients working with Horizon View 5.1 servers allow you touch directly into text fields of Windows applications and automatically pop-up the keyboard. However, this feature does not work with the following applications: Firefox, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash content in a browser.
  • 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.
  • Only English external keyboards are supported.
    Workaround: To input non-English characters, use the onscreen keyboard.
  • Because Horizon View Client is available in Korean, whereas View Connection Server 4.6.x is not, if you use Horizon View Client on a Korean system, you will find that messages that originate from Horizon View Client are available in Korean, but messages that originate from View Connection Server 4.6.x appear in English.
  • If you have a Windows XP guest operating system in an Horizon View 4.6 desktop (agent) and that desktop is set to a time zone that is different from the time zone on your Android device (client), then if you go to the Date and Time Properties dialog box in the remote desktop's Control Panel, you see that the time zone shown on the Date and Time tab corresponds to the time zone of the Android device, but the time zone shown on the Time Zone tab corresponds to the time zone of the remote desktop. This issue is resolved if you use View Connection Server 5.0 and later.
  • On Android 2.x and 3.x devices, you cannot use 7-Zip to open the ZIP file that the Horizon View 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.

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