We recently released Mobile Center 2.51 software and while this release is a minor update to the product, it offers some cool and interesting new features.
(Warning: If you are allergic to text, I suggest clicking on this short 3min video for what’s new). Otherwise, grab a cup of coffee and read on!
In this blog article, I’ll highlight some of these new features, enhancements and usability improvements that were delivered in MC2.51, and how you will benefit from them.
For this release, we’ve added a new Audit Log capability to Mobile Center, which enables Mobile Center Administrators to better understand what’s happening to their Mobile Center environment.
The Audit capability tracks system and user activities include:
- Login/logout events
- User events (add, edit and delete)
- Device-side jobs
- App instrumentation
- Connector events
- Device registration
To access the audit log, Mobile Center administrators click on the question mark menu in the Mobile Center console’s upper-right corner and select ‘Collect Logs’. The server’s logs will then be packaged into a zip file and downloaded to your local system through the browser.
As an additional security feature during Mobile Center installation, SSL is enabled by default on the Mobile Center server. Installers have always been able to enable this setting, and configure Mobile Center for a more secure connection. It wasn’t enabled by default, so most implementations didn’t use it. This simple change ratchets up your Mobile Center implementation’s security profile.
Application Management Improvements
When viewing the details for a particular application, the application’s version and build numbers are displayed for each version of the app uploaded to the Mobile Center server. This capability enables users to easily see which versions are available for installation to a mobile device. You can also choose to install a specific version of an app, or the latest available version. This is useful for continuous integration flows where you may want to always run test on the latest version of an application. This capability is also supported in UFT 14.01.
Sometimes you’ll want someone else to take a look at a particular issue you’ve encountered when testing an application on a specific model device. Rather than describing the specific Mobile Center device, you want someone else to look at it when working with a device or emulator using the Remote Viewer. The device’s Remote Viewer Details tab now displays a link that points to the selected device. Share the link (it’s a simple URL) with a colleague, and when they access the link, the Mobile Center console will open. They’ll be prompted to login, and, after successfully authenticating with the server, the specific device will open in a Remote Viewer session.
Mobile Platform Enhancements, support of Android O and iOS 11
With every release, we add mobile platform enhancements. This release adds support for new or changed capabilities on the mobile device platforms Mobile Center supports (Android, iOS, and Windows). Mobile Center 2.51 supports the latest Android O and iOS 11 beta releases as well as an increasing list of supported and certified devices.
Due to the way Apple manages deployment of mobile apps to iOS devices, it’s possible that you’ll have one or more apps uploaded to the Mobile Center server that cannot be deployed to certain devices. This happens because with an Apple Developer certificate (as opposed to an Enterprise certificate), you must populate a provisioning profile with the list of every device where you want the application to run. If one of your Mobile Center devices isn’t listed in the app’s provisioning profile, the app won’t deploy to the device.
Mobile Center now automatically disables the selection of apps that will fail when a user tries to install them from Mobile Center onto a specific device:
- iOS apps signed with a Developer certificate that are not provisioned to be installed on a specific device.
- Incompatibility with target device OS. For example: trying to install an Android app on an iOS device.
- App Store apps. Instead of uploading unpackaged App Store certified apps to Mobile Center for deployment, they should instead be downloaded directly from the App Store onto the device.
Record & replay, TruClient enhancements and more
In this release, we have enhanced object recognition for Android native apps. There’s also added enhanced support for run-time properties of mobile objects and mobile identifiers. Properties are checked and it now supports both packaged apps and non-packaged apps. If there’s a need to perform a simulation of GPS location during tests, this capability has also been broadened to include both Android and iOS platforms as well.
Another significant area of enhancement is in the TruClient integration with the support for hybrid apps and improvements to TruClient replay actions, for example. To learn more on what’s new in Mobile Center 2.51, please read here. As I always say, action speaks louder than words. Go ahead and experience it yourself firsthand! Get your free trial here.
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