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Horizon Client for Android 4.8 | 29 May 2018

Last Updated: 29 May 2018

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon Client for Android makes it easy to access remote desktops and published applications 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 remote desktops and published applications from any location. Support for the PCoIP display protocol and the VMware Blast display protocol from VMware means that your remote desktop and published 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 published application. For the Windows world, the full-screen touchpad feature lets you touch anywhere on the screen to move the mouse pointer around the remote desktop or published 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 published 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 published 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. 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.

What's New in This Release

  • VMware Blast network recovery improvements
    The VMware Blast network recovery feature has been improved to be resilient against transient network failures by providing network continuity to remote desktops and applications. Applications and desktops will seamlessly resume on network connection resumption.
  • VMware Blast selects the optimal transport automatically
    In this release, Horizon Client for Android senses current network conditions and chooses one or more transports to provide the best user experience automatically. In previous Horizon Client versions, you had to select a network condition option to provide the best user experience with VMware Blast.
  • Copy and paste enhancements
    You can copy and paste plain text and HTML-format rich text from a remote desktop or published application to the client device, or between remote sessions, if a Horizon administrator enables these features. For example, you can copy and paste an image from one remote desktop to another remote desktop.
  • Seamless windows support
    When Horizon Client for Android is installed on a Chromebook device, you can enable or disable seamless window mode. Seamless window mode is enabled by default. This feature requires Chrome OS M64 or later.
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) support
    You can install Horizon Client for Android on an Android 8.1 (Oreo) device.
  • VMware Horizon Performance Tracker support
    If VMware Horizon Performance Tracker is installed in a remote desktop, or is configured as a published application, you use Horizon Client for Android to connect to the remote desktop and run it in the remote desktop, or connect to and run the published application. For information about VMware Horizon Performance Tracker, see the VMware Horizon 7 Administration document for VMware Horizon 7 version 7.5 or later.
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2o support
    The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.2o.


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 Horizon 6 version 6.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 the VMware Horizon Client for Android Installation and Setup Guide document.

Resolved Issues

  • If you connect to a remote desktop with a host card and use the PCoIP display protocol, a black or white screen appears and you cannot perform any operations in the remote desktop.

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.

  • When you start a remote session in Samsung DeX multiple session mode, and a hardware keyboard is not connected, resizing the session window does not change the resolution in the agent if the resolution setting is not a fixed size.

    Workaround: Connect a hardware keyboard to use Samsung DeX multiple session mode. After resizing the session window, change the display resolution setting in the Horizon Client settings.

  • 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 published desktop or published 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 published 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.

  • 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.

  • In certain circumstances, opening a local file with File > Open in a remote desktop or published 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.
  • When you use the VMware Blast display protocol to connect to a remote desktop or published 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 published application with the PCoIP display protocol.

  • When High Quality Mode is enabled and you run certain published applications (such as Notepad), the icon of the published application does not appear in the Unity Touch sidebar and a default image appears instead. This problem occurs only with Horizon Agent 7.1 and earlier.

    Workaround: None

  • You cannot import an RSA CT-KIP token in Horizon Client on an Android 4.x device. This is a third-party issue. The RSA SDK does not support Android 4.x devices.

    Workaround: None.

  • The Horizon Client smart card feature does not work on an Android 8 device because the baiMobile app does not work on Android 8 devices. This is a third-party issue.

    Workaround: None.