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VMware Horizon Client for Android Release Notes

Horizon Client for Android 4.4 | 16 March 2017

Last Updated: 17 March 2017

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 and the VMware Blast 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 6 and VMware Horizon 7 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 and the VMware Blast 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.

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

  • Support for Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport (BEAT)
    With the VMware Blast display protocol, Horizon Client for Android uses TCP networking when it connects to a server or BEAT if the agent and Blast Secure Gateway (if enabled) support BEAT connectivity. You can select network condition options to use only TCP networking or BEAT networking.
  • Multiple monitors with touchpad mode (Tech Preview)
    You can select the Multi-Monitor mode display setting in Horizon Client for Android to extend a secondary desktop on an external display. You can interact with remote desktops and applications on the external display with the onscreen touchpad and full-screen touchpad. You cannot use the physical mouse on the external display.
  • Immersive full-screen experience and system mouse icon support
    The Android status and navigation bars are automatically hidden in full-screen mode. When you connect an external mouse, only one mouse icon appears on the screen. The immersive full-screen experience requires Android 4.4 or later. The mouse icon feature requires Android 7.0 or later.
  • Hide security information for enhanced security
    A Horizon 7 version 7.1 administrator can configure global settings to hide security information in Horizon Client for Android, including server URL information and the Domain drop-down menu. To authenticate when the Domain drop-down menu is hidden in Horizon Client, you must provide domain information by entering your user name in the format domain\username or username@domain in the User name text box.
  • Restart a remote desktop
    You can restart a remote desktop from Horizon Client for Android. Restarting a remote desktop is the equivalent of the Windows operating system restart command.
  • Remember the sidebar and Horizon Client Tools radial menu positions
    If you move the sidebar or the Horizon Client Tools radial menu during a session, Horizon Client for Android remembers the new location when you start a session on the same Android device.
  • Resolution options in one list
    Horizon Client for Android now displays the resolution options in one list.
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2k support
    The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.2k.


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

Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client for Android requires the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later operating system.
  • 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.
  • Beginning with version 2.9, VMware Access Point is renamed to VMware Unified Access Gateway. This change is not yet reflected in the Horizon 7 version 7.1 and Horizon Client 4.4 documentation sets.

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Resolved Issues

  • You could not connect to the PCoIP Secure Gateway component from Horizon Client for Android with a fully qualified domain name (FQDN). This issue has been resolved.
  • You could not launch Horizon Client for Android from VMware Identity Manager on a Chromebook. This issue has been resolved.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • USB devices cannot be redirected with the client drive redirection feature on certain Android devices, including Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2nd Gen), and Dell Venue 8.
    Workaround: None. This is a third-party issue.
  • On certain Android devices, when you use the client drive redirection feature to copy, rename, or create files on a redirected external SD card, you receive the error You need permission to perform this action. This problem occurs if the Android device prevents third-party apps from getting automatic permission to put files on an external SD card.
    Workaround: None.
  • On some Android devices, certain keys introduce white spaces when you connect to a remote desktop and input text with Horizon Client.
    Workaround: Turn off predictive text for the keyboard in the Android Settings app.
  • When you use the VMware Blast display protocol to connect to a remote desktop or application with a non-English input method, you might not be able to enter certain symbols.
    Workaround: Use the local input buffer, or connect to the remote desktop or application with the PCoIP display protocol.
  • If you use an Android 7.0 Nougat device to reconnect to an RDS host that is connected to a per-device license server, Horizon Client generates another client ID after user data is cleared.
    Workaround: None.
  • If you launch a remote application and then change the resolution (either by rotating your device or manually changing the preference setting), residual application windows can remain on your screen after you drag the application window to a different location.
    Workaround: None.
  • In certain circumstances, opening a local file with File > Open in a remote desktop or remote application causes the guest operating system on the Horizon Agent machine to encounter a STOP error (blue screen) or to stop responding (hang) when client drive redirection (CDR) is used. For more information, see VMware Knowledge Base (KB) article 2149417: Agent machine gets STOP error or stops responding when you open a local file shared with CDR.

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