What's New in Mobile Center - earlier versions

This section provides an overview of the features that were introduced or enhanced in previous versions of Mobile Center.

What's new in 2.80

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3 Tier deployment

Enhance your Mobile Center deployment by using an external PostgreSQL database. Mobile Center's extended deployment options now give you the flexibility to choose to install Mobile Center using the PostgreSQL database included in the installation package, or to manage and utilize existing database resources by connecting to an external PostgreSQL database.

License quota allocation

Manage resource consumption by allocating workspace quotas for concurrent device usage. This enables you to prevent workspaces from consuming each other's license resources, whilst also providing the flexibility to allow a workspace to consume more at peak times. For more details, see License quotas.

Face ID simulation

We've enhanced our authentication simulations to include Face ID for iOS devices. Using this simulation option, you can now test apps that include Face ID as part of the flow, without needing access to the physical device. For details, see Fingerprint and Face ID simulation.

Customize user permissions

The Administration Settings menu now also allows you to define permissions for non-admin workspace users. Extend user role management by restricting key operations such as restarting and reconnecting devices, as well as uploading, installing, and deleting apps. For details, see Administration Settings.

Usage metrics

Gain a complete overview of your mobile lab usage. The Collect Data Usage option downloads a CSV file containing resource usage information, such as reservations, devices, and users. You determine the duration of the collection of data in the Administration settings menu. For details, see Viewing system information and logs.

iOS packaging service per workspace

We've extended our automatic signing and distribution service to support setting up multiple Apple development certificates. Now, if needed, you can define a different development certificate for each workspace. You can also define a primary development certificate that will be used by default across all workspaces. For details, see App packaging and signing services.

QR code and barcode simulation

You can now test packaged apps that use QR code or barcode scanning. Mobile Center enables you to easily simulate scanning a QR code or barcode, so you don't need access to the physical device to test such apps.

Using Mobile Center's QR code and barcode simulation, you specify the image to use instead of the actual scan of the device. When you perform simulation of a QR code, Mobile Center replaces the code scanned by the camera, with the selected file. For details, see QR code and barcode simulation.

Ease of use

We've improved user experience with a new List view for displaying devices and apps, and for performing actions on a selected item. The List view is particularly useful for viewing a large number of items because more items can be displayed on the screen at one time. You can easily switch between the list and card views to display information in a way that best suits you.


Support for Appium 1.8.0

We’re rolling out a newer version of Appium embedded in Mobile Center, including support for multiple sessions.

In addition, we've added support for the automationName capability for Android, making it easier for you to switch the UIAutomator driver (UIAutomator1 or UIAutomator2) when using automation on Android apps. For details, see Mobile Center Appium Capabilities.

Technology updates

  • Support for the latest iOS version, including Apple public beta versions.

  • Support for Android 9.0 (replay only).
  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of supported and certified devices.

Sign and distribute iOS Agent apps

Mobile Center 2.80 now includes a Reconnect devices option in the connector details grid (DEVICE LAB > CONNECTORS). At the click of a button, you can now complete the distribution process and reconnect all devices connected to selected connectors.

Supported integrations

Support for the latest releases of Micro Focus testing tools:

  • UFT 14.50
  • LeanFT 14.50
  • LoadRunner/ TruClient 12.60
  • Silk 18.5

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What's New in 2.70

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Workspaces

We've taken Lab Management one step further by introducing workspaces. Workspaces are individual work areas within your lab. Create workspaces to segregate or share applications and devices between specific groups of users, and use the Public workspace for sharing assets among your users. You can create custom workspaces according to the needs of your organization, such as by region, or by company division or team.

For more details, see Workspace management.

Sign and distribute iOS Agent apps

Signing and distributing the iOS Agent apps just got easier. We've recognized that having to re-sign and deploy the Agent apps with each new installation or upgrade of the server and connector is a major pain point. Now, Mobile Center takes care of this for you. At the click of a button, Mobile Center will sign your iOS Agent apps for you, and distribute them to your remote connectors automatically. For more details, see Re-sign and deploy the Agent apps automatically.

Capture device audio output

As part of your testing flow, you may need to verify that a device is able to play audio in browsers, on players, and in other apps. You can now capture the audio output of a device connected to a Windows connector during exploratory testing, and download it as a .wav file. For details, see Capturing audio.

Support for Appium 1.7.1

We’re rolling out a newer version of Appium embedded in Mobile Center.

For pure Appium users, unlike Appium 1.7.1, Mobile Center by default now also supports a wide range of Chrome versions (Chrome 43 to 66), with no additional configuration required.

New look and feel

Mobile Center has a new look, in line with the fresh and vibrant Micro Focus brand. We’ve made navigation of our Lab console friendlier by adding another level, making it simpler for you to access the items and information that you need.

Connector usability

  • Remove connector. Disconnected connectors, and any devices connected to them, cannot be used and therefore clutter both the Connectors and the Devices view. You can now remove a connector that is no longer connected to the server. The disconnected devices associated with that connector will also be removed from the Devices view. For details, see View and manage connectors.
  • Hybrid connector. Prior to this release, you were required to install a different connector when connecting to StormRunner Functional (SRF). Now when you install the Mobile Center connector, you can choose between connecting to an on-premises Mobile Center server, or to the SRF Mobile Lab. You can also switch between the two by modifying the connector.

Technology updates

  • Support for the latest iOS version, including Apple public beta versions.

  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of supported and certified devices.

Additional enhancements

Mobile Center 2.70 includes the following enhancements:

Android app signing


Version 5 and above

  • Enhanced packaging (instrumentation) mechanism that is faster and consumes less resources (less memory and lower CPU consumption).
  • Improved supportability for packaging multidex apps with over 64K methods.
Installation A new rollback mechanism enables you to revert to the previous state when installation fails. Note that this does not support database upgrade failures.

Supported integrations

Support for the latest releases of Micro Focus testing tools:

  • UFT 14.03
  • UFT Pro 14.03
  • LoadRunner/ TruClient 12.57
  • Silk 18.5

For the complete list of supported integrations, see My product matrix.

Help Center updates

The Mobile Center help now includes advanced site search functionality:

  • Intuitive friendly Google-like search
  • Search across all ADM help centers
  • Filter search results by selected products

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What's New in 2.60

Fingerprint authentication simulation

Fingerprint authentication simulation is now supported for packaged apps for both exploratory testing, and for replay through UFT.

Fingerprints are often used for security authentication on mobile devices. Apps may utilize fingerprint authentication to secure sensitive features such as sign-on and payments. If the device you are testing is not physically available, for example, if it is in a device lab in a different location, you will be unable to authenticate with a fingerprint and to fully test your app. With Mobile Center’s Fingerprint Simulation feature, you can simulate the entering of a fingerprint on the device’s screen, and select an authentication result: Success, Failure, or Cancel. This eliminates the need for access to the physical device.

For more details, see Fingerprint and Face ID simulation.

Multi-project support (Early Access)

Mobile Center's multi-project feature enables you to create multiple projects on a single Mobile Center server. Project administrators can then add users, and allocate devices and apps to these projects. There is complete separation between projects, and each project's apps and devices are only visible in that project.

This feature is useful for central IT, where separation may be required between different teams and projects in an organization, as well as for scenarios where users want complete segregation of apps. This feature is offered as an early access feature.

For more details on the feature, see Early access features.

Technology updates

  • Support for iOS 11.2.6.
  • Support for Android 8.1.
  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of supported and certified devices.
  • Customer enhancement requests, including device/connector disconnects and various other supportability fixes.

Additional enhancements

Mobile Center 2.60 includes the following enhancements:

Emulator

You can now run Appium from the Android emulator. For details, see Working with emulators.

Send text to device

Non-Latin characters can now be used in the remote access window when copying text to an input field on the device.

Performance enhancements

Reduced download time for exploratory testing when downloading an app from the server to a device.

Installation and configuration improvements Once an Android device is trusted and added to the trust store under a user's home directory, there is no longer a need to re-trust the device when updating Mobile Center. The Android trust store is now backed up before uninstalling Mobile Center, and restored when reinstalling Mobile Center.

Supported integrations

  • UFT 14.03
  • UFT Pro 14.03
  • LoadRunner/ TruClient 12.56
  • Silk 18.5

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What's New in 2.53

Supported integrations

  • New supported integration with Silk! Now you can test your mobile apps using Mobile Center with Silk 18.5. For details see, Silk integration.
  • UFT 14.02
  • UFT Pro 14.02
  • Sprinter 14.02

For the complete list of supported integrations, see My product matrix.

Additional enhancements

Mobile Center 2.53 includes the following enhancements:

GPS simulation GPS simulation is now also supported for exploratory testing. For details see, Simulations.
Record and replay Enhanced support for run-time properties of mobile objects and mobile identifiers for iOS apps. Properties previously supported only for Android, such as isChecked, are now supported when testing non-packaged iOS apps. For details, see the Mobile section of the UFT Object Model Reference for GUI Testing.
Also, when spying on a mobile object in a non-packaged iOS app, container and index properties are now returned.
Installation By default, the Mobile Center server is now configured to work with a secure connection using HTTPS. This simplifies the configuration process.
Filter (devices) With the new Clear Filter button, you can clear all filter selections for devices in one click.
Button press durations

You can control how long to press on a button on a device. These long press durations are only supported for Turn off, Volume up and Down, the Home button, or additional custom physical buttons on the device (Supported in UFT Pro only, for details see the sendKey method in the SDK reference.)

Stabilization and support

  • Support for iOS 11.2 including beta versions.
  • Support for Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of supported and certified devices.
  • Customer enhancement requests, including record and replay quality enhancements, and various other fixes.

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What's new in 2.51

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Application management improvements

The version and build number are now displayed for apps.

You can also choose between a selecting a specific upload for testing, or the latest upload of an app. This is useful for continuous integration flows where you may want to always run your test on the latest uploaded app, and not on a specific upload.

For details, see View app details.

Application validation

Mobile Center now automatically disables the selection of an app that will fail to install on a device:

  • Mismatch with device OS. For example, selecting an Android app to install on an iOS device.
  • iOS apps signed with a development certificate that are not provisioned to be installed on a specific device.

You now also won't be able to upload App Store apps to Mobile Center. However, you can still record and replay tests on unpackaged App Store certified apps, by downloading them directly from the App Store onto the device.

Direct link to a lab device

The device information Details tab now also includes a URL link, for easy access to the device. This enables you to send a link so that others can remotely access a specific device directly, without having to manually navigate to the device in the Device Tab of the Lab Management console.

Record and replay enhancements

  • Object recognition enhancements for Android native apps. Enhanced support for run-time properties of mobile objects and mobile identifiers. Properties previously supported only for packaged apps, such as isChecked, are now supported when testing non-packaged apps.
  • Simulation of GPS location (iOS). You can now simulate a location when testing an iOS app using the testing tools.

Enterprise readiness - audit log

An audit log is now included in the log files available for download by the administrator. This log details system and user activities such as:

  • Login and logout
  • User management
  • Running jobs on devices
  • Packaging (instrumentation) of apps
  • Connector, device registration

For details see, Viewing system information and logs.

Micro Focus software integrations

We've added support for the latest releases including:

  • UFT 14.01, UFT 14.0, and UFT 12.54 Patch 3.
  • UFT Pro (LeanFT) 14.01
  • LoadRunner/ TruClient/ Performance Center 12.55
  • Mobile Center extension for ALM 12.55, 12.53 Patch 2, and 12.21 Patch 5
  • Sprinter 14.01

For the complete list of supported integrations, see My product matrix.

API

Our Mobile Center API now supports reservations requests:

  • Create a reservation for a device based on capabilities.
  • Delete a device reservation.
  • Get a specific device reservation.
  • Get all device reservations.

For details, see REST API reference for Mobile Center.

Stabilization and support

  • Support for iOS 11.
  • Support for Android O Beta.
  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of supported and certified devices.
  • Customer enhancement requests, including record and replay quality enhancements, and various other fixes.

Interactive testing with Sprinter

For the Sprinter integration, we've added the following features:

  • General support for Mobile Center 2.51.
  • Mobile device information added to Description field when submitting smart defects.

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What's New in 2.50

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Patches, content packs, and updates

Cross platform code-signing of Agent and Launcher apps – sign iOS apps without macOS

You no longer require a system running with macOS to code-sign the Agent and Launcher apps. Using the HPMC Enabler utility on Linux, you can now re-sign iOS apps without a Macintosh. For details, see Re-sign the Agent apps.

Enhanced Network Virtualization

Network Virtualization (NV) enables you to easily emulate different real life mobile network conditions. Unlock the value of Mobile Center network virtualization capabilities with our latest enhancements:

  • ‘Network Virtualization in the cloud’ option (available in Administration Settings) allows you to experiment with Mobile Center's network virtualization capabilities with the click of a button, without the need to install anything.
  • Network Virtualization is available for manual exploratory testing through the Mobile Center Lab Management console:
    •  Supports network virtualization transactions and analysis reports.
    • Supports downloading an NV HAR file at the end of session, so load tests can be generated easily and accurately.
  • Network Virtualization is available when running Appium scripts. For details, see Appium code Android example with NV - Java.

Centralized connector management

A new Connectors view in the Mobile Center Lab console provides complete visibility of connectors for easier lab management. Information such as IP address, connector name, version installed, status, and connected devices is displayed. Click the Devices link to view the devices connected to a specific connector. For details, see View and manage connectors.

Installation streamlining

We've introduced the following enhancements to the installation process:

Windows

  • New installation wizard for improved usability:
    • Simplified installation flow, with less information to input. Automatic discovery of Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) and IP address, and setting of values for server, internal and database ports.
    • On completion of the installation, the user is automatically directed to the Mobile Center Lab console. Links to the console and to the Mobile Center Help are automatically added to the Start menu, and as a shortcut to the desktop.

Linux

  • The installer can now be launched with a non-root (sudo) user
  • When uninstalling Mobile Center, you can now save the existing user ("hpmc") initially created during the installation of Mobile Center as a default user for the next installation.

Device control panel enhancements

The device control panel includes the following new functionalities:

  • Copy text to device. The Send text to device option enables you to paste text to an input field on the device. This is particularly useful when you need to input a long line of text, for example a long URL, as part of your test.
  • Option to automatically uninstall the app from the device at end of an ad-hoc testing session.
  • Download device logs during ad-hoc testing session.
  • Use Network Virtualization (NV) as part of your ad-hoc testing session. You can easily switch between different network emulation modes. NV transactions are also supported for producing analytics reports. You can download analysis reports from Mobile Center, or download a HAR file for creating load tests based on your network emulation session.
  • Image quality control lets you adjust the resolution of the images displayed on the device, in favor of an improved response time of device interactions when the network latency is high.

Embedded user assistance

Wizards have been introduced to make it easier for you to perform some of Mobile Center's more complex tasks. The wizards guide you step-by-step, from within the Mobile Center user interface, through the following processes:

  • Connect a device to Mobile Center
  • Network Virtualization device configuration

iOS provisioning improvements

Provisioning is the process of preparing an app to launch on devices. As part of this process, a match is required between the provisioning profile embedded in the app and the one installed on the device. You can now easily know if your iOS app is signed with an Enterprise or Development certificate, and on which devices it can be installed:

  • From the Apps tab in the Lab console, view the certificate an app is signed with, and which devices are listed in the provisioning profile.
  • Non-provisioned device alert. If you try to install an app on a device that is not included in the provisioning profile of the app, a warning icon is displayed.

Appium

  • Appium 1.6 compatible
  • iOS. We've added a new capability automationName so that you can switch between using XCUITest (the Appium default for iOS 10 and above) and UIAutomation as the automation type. This eliminates the need for a Mac connector for iOS 10.0 and above.
  • The Appium integration now supports network virtualization.

Amazon Device Farm

The Mobile Center administrator can now specify in the ADF integration settings, the Amazon S3 bucket name that Mobile Center should use. This allows you to set up an AWS policy for reading and writing to a specific bucket only.

Software integrations

We've added support for the following:

  • UFT 12.54
  • Mobile Center extension for ALM 12.53 Patch 2 and 12.21 Patch 4

API

We've enhanced our Mobile Center API to support the following:

  • Uninstall application from a mobile device
  • Close (force stop) application on a device
  • Start and stop the collection of device logs
  • Manage the Mobile Center connectors list

Stabilization and support

  • Support for latest iOS releases 10.3.1 and 10.3.2 inclusive.
  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of supported and certified devices.
  • Customer enhancement requests, including record and replay quality enhancements, and various other fixes.

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What's New in 2.20

Version 2.20 introduced:

Patches, content packs, and updates

The following content pack is available for Mobile Center 2.20:

Update Functionality provided
Mobile Center 2.20 Content Pack for iOS

Support for iOS 10.3.

Exploratory testing

You can now perform basic exploratory testing for bugs without a testing tool. Conduct ad-hoc testing by interacting with the device from the Lab Management console: 

  • Install an app on the device
  • Perform actions and use camera and video simulation
  • Take snapshots

Exploratory testing is also available when interacting with a device using one of testing tools. When connecting with a testing tool, you can also download logs.

Photo and video simulation

Camera sensor simulation is supported for packaged iOS and Android apps (UFT and Sprinter only.) Now you can test apps that use a photo or video taken by the device's camera as part of the flow, for example mobile banking apps where customers take a photo of a check when making a deposit into their banking accounts.

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)

Mobile Center 2.20 introduces support for LDAP. The administrator no longer needs to add users to the list of authorized Mobile Center users. Individuals in organizations that use LDAP to manage user credentials and permissions, can now access and use Mobile Center with their LDAP credentials. For details, see Configure Mobile Center for LDAP.

Licensing

Mobile Center's licensing has been restructured to provide more flexibility. Whether you require basic manual testing on one device, or advanced functionality and concurrent access to multiple devices, you can choose the license that best suits your testing needs. For more details, see Install your Mobile Center license.

Important: Existing license keys will not work with Mobile Center 2.20. Before upgrading or installing Mobile Center 2.20, existing customers with active support contracts can use the Software Licenses and Downloads portal to check for available software updates for Mobile Center 2.20, and to obtain the new license key required.

Stabilization and support

  • Support for iOS 10.2.1.
  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of certified devices.
  • Multi-language support: Italian and Spanish are now supported for device OS, and in the Mobile Center user interface.
  • Customer enhancement requests and various other fixes.

Sprinter 14.00 - Interactive testing

Sprinter integration with Mobile Center 2.20 includes support for:

Performance Testing

For the TruClient integration, the following features were added:

  • General support for Mobile Center 2.20
  • Support for the Device Control Panel's Take screenshot option.

Network Virtualization 9.12

The integration with Network Virtualization 9.12 introduces:

For more details on Network Virtualization 9.12, see the Network Virtualization Help Center.

What's New in 2.01

Patches, content packs, and updates

The following patches are available for Mobile Center 2.01:

Patch Functionality provided
Mobile Center 2.01 Patch 1

Support for the following:

  • iFrames in native browsers
  • iOS 10.1.1
  • Android 7 hybrid apps
  • Lab management console via Safari on Mac

The patch should be installed on top of an existing installation of Mobile Center 2.01. For patch download and installation instructions, go to Software Support.

Burst from enterprise lab to cloud devices

If you have an Amazon account, you can now use an on-premises connector to expand your device lab to AWS Device Farm. For details, see Run tests with ADF devices.

Chrome and Safari browsers

  • In addition to replay, tests can now be also recorded on the device's browser - Safari for iOS devices, and Chrome for Android devices. When using this feature on Android devices, ensure that Chrome is installed and set is as the default web browser on the device.
  • Mobile Center servers and connectors on Linux now also support record and replay of tests on native device browsers.

Support for non-packaged apps

  • You no longer need to package (instrument) hybrid apps when testing with Mobile Center. To make use of this new functionality, be sure to sign iOS hybrid apps with a Developer certificate, and to enable remote content debugging in Android hybrid apps. For more details, see Enable remote content debugging of Android apps.
  • Spy and Highlight now work on hybrid apps

ALM extension for Mobile Center

With the new ALM extension for Mobile Center, you can run tests of your mobile apps directly from ALM. The tests access the mobile devices and applications from your Mobile Center server and post the test results in ALM.

The extension is supported in ALM 12.53 Patch 1 and ALM 12.21 Patch 3. For more details, see ALM integration with Mobile Center.

Remote device display from Lab Management during test run

Now you can open a device reserved by you remotely from the Lab Management console, while a test is running on the device. For example, when executing an Appium test on a device, you can now open and control the device from the Lab Management console while the test is running.

Latency display

Mobile Center displays the latency between the client and the connector to which the device is connected. You can now optimize the performance of the remote screen viewer by selecting devices with lower latency.

Mobile Center extended services - Crowd testing

Mobile Center now includes a crowd testing solution, so that you can test your app with a wider variety of people, in different real-world situations, and on a larger variety of hardware and software combinations than are possible in-house. Mobile Center's integration with Ubertesters enables you to monitor and manage your mobile beta testing, and ensures an accurate, fast, and cost-effective testing process.

Mobile Center extended services - SDK compliance

Mobile Center's integration with SafeDK allows you to scan your Android app to uncover its SDKs. Optimize the user experience by choosing the right SDKs to implement, based on developers’ community feedback, ratings, reviews, and a list of similar SDKs. The scan also highlights if a particular SDK in your app is not used, or has been deprecated.

Network virtualization

You can now use an Android device as a proxy for communication between the Mobile Center server and the NV server, when these servers are on different networks.

Stabilization and support

  • Support for Android 7.

  • Support for iOS 10.
  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of certified devices.
  • Connector stability fixes.

  • Support for reverse proxy for connectors.
  • Proxy credentials are now supported when installing the connector (non-SSL only).
  • iOS support for system apps on Amazon web services.

  • Customer enhancement requests and various other fixes.

Amazon Marketplace

Mobile Center is now available on Amazon Marketplace as a large scale or small instance.

Sprinter 12.54- Interactive testing

Sprinter integration with Mobile Center 2.01 includes support for:

  • Android 7

  • iOS 10
  • Native browsers
  • Non-packaged (non-instrumented) hybrid apps
  • Proxy servers
  • Integration with the ALM-MC extension
  • Support for BugZilla 5.x
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes

Performance Testing

In TruClient tests, support was added for the WaitForObject End event for measuring transactions in hybrid applications.

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What's New in 2.00

Content packs and updates

Content packs

The following content packs are available for Mobile Center 2.00:

Content Pack Functionality provided
Mobile Center 2.00 Content Pack - AWS Device Farm Support for Amazon Device Farm iOS devices.
Mobile Center 2.00 Content Pack - iOS 10 support Support for mobile testing with MC 2.00 on devices running on iOS 10 beta.

Jenkins plugin

The Jenkins plugin 4.5 is now available and includes the following enhancements:

  • Integrates with the Mobile Center wizard, allowing you to select devices by capabilities, choose multiple apps, and configure test options.
  • Ability to overwrite Mobile Center connections for UFT tests.

  • Standalone builder for uploading apps to Mobile Center.
  • Set the detail level of the logs.

For more details on running tests with Mobile Center on Jenkins, including running sequential or parallel jobs on different devices, see Integrate with continuous integration servers.

Cloud device lab as a service powered by Amazon

If you have an Amazon account, you can select Amazon device farm as your device lab, and replay tests on-demand on real devices in the AWS Cloud.

Chrome and Safari browsers

Mobile Center Windows servers now support replay of tests on native browsers (UFT only). Tests recorded with HP Mobile Web apps or the Chrome emulated browser can now be replayed on the device's browser - Safari for iOS devices, and Chrome for Android devices.

Appium

Now you can run Appium scripts with Mobile Center. Mobile Center extends Appium functionality by providing additional features such user management and the ability to test multiple apps. Mobile Center eliminates the need for a Mac machine and also allows you to control the Springboard when running Appium tests on iOS apps. For details, see Appium integration.

Support for non-packaged apps

  • You no longer need to package native apps to upload them to Mobile Center. All record and replay features are enabled without instrumentation. As such, applications downloaded from Apple and Google app stores can be tested directly.
  • Apps that use Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) solutions are now also supported by Mobile Center.
  • Choose between using the packaged version or the original version of an app when testing. For details on when to use packaged apps, see App packaging and signing services.

Full device automation

Interact with any aspect of the device:

  • Record interactions on any app on the device, including apps which have not been packaged, system apps, and apps not installed by Mobile Center.
  • Address scenarios both within and outside a specific app, thereby maximizing test coverage.
  • Test multiple apps on a device within the same test. Verify that your app behaves correctly when the user flow crosses apps or uses the system UI. For example, a banking app that sends a verification SMS with a one-time passcode that the user needs to input. The user flow moves from the banking app, to the SMS, and then back to the banking app.

Full device automation is available with UFT and Sprinter.

Lab Management - Device permissions and reservations

Enhanced Lab management functionality, including better device management capabilities:

  • Create and manage device groups.
  • Manage device permissions by defining which users have access to the devices in a specific group.
  • Reserve a device for a specific time slot.

For details, see Lab Console.

Enterprise readiness

  • Mobile Center server is now supported on CentOS 7.
  • Certification of additional devices. See supported devices for a complete list of certified devices.
  • New standalone connector for Mac machines.
  • Stabilization improvements, customer enhancement requests, and various fixes.
  • New Admin Settings page enables administrators to update and configure Mobile Center settings directly in the Lab Management console, without having to access and edit files located on the server.

  • Security additions:
    • Ability to specify the account lock period after 3 unsuccessful login attempts.
    • New admin setting for determining the password expiration period for users.
  • Licenses can now also be managed and installed via the Lab Management console.

UI facelift and new functionality

The Mobile Center UI has a brand new look and feel. We've also introduced a new wizard to simplify and streamline the flow of selecting a device, app, and defining options for a test (currently available in UFT only). You can now also select a device by attributes like make, model, and OS version instead of selecting a specific device by ID. At runtime, a device matching your selection criteria will be allocated. You can also start your test on the device's Home screen or on a system app such as settings or SMS.

Windows phone

You can now run tests on Windows 8.1 devices. See supported devices for a complete list of certified devices.

Ops to Dev - Mobile analytics

Gain visibility into how real users experience your apps by viewing the data on stability, performance, battery, and cellular data usage. Analyze user action across all operating systems & devices, so that you choose the right devices on which to test your app. You can now also view usage information from within Mobile Center extended services on the app card.

Sprinter 12.53 - Interactive testing

  • Support is extended to HP Agile Manager 2.5.

  • Improved role-based web record-replay on desktop browsers.

Network Virtualization

Network Virtualization's built-in proxy simplifies NV deployment and lets NV analyze mobile traffic and secured HTTPS network traffic. This built-in proxy server replaces the need for a separate mitmproxy or Fiddler server.

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