What's in the Release Notes

VMware Workspace ONE Launcher Release Notes provide information on the new features and improvement in each release. This page includes a summary of the new features, resolved, and known issues reported in the latest version.

New Features

Workspace ONE Launcher 21.06 for Android

  • Admins can now track the usage of Launcher through Workspace ONE Intelligence. 
    • You can track user count and metrics related to check-in check-out. This includes check in failures, check out failures, and loading time for the home screen.
    • You can now use weblinks to deep link into Hub features like the Apps and People Tab.

Workspace ONE Launcher 21.04 for Android

  • Introducing Launcher Offline Mode for CICO 
    • You can now designate a Launcher profile as an offline mode profile which can only be accessed when the device is offline. 
    • To try offline mode, enroll your device into a UAT environment with data-driven UI enabled, such as CN135.
    • Custom XML required for offline mode. See Custom XML for Workspace ONE Launcher in VMware docs. The offline mode toggle will be included as part of a later console UI update.
    • Requires Workspace ONE UEM 21.05 

Workspace ONE Launcher 4.9 for Android

  • Launcher validates differences between profiles before reloading Launcher to minimize unwanted reloads.
  • Admins now have more control over device orientation.
  • Google talkback now recognizes the floating home button and correctly narrates what’s on the screen.

Workspace ONE Launcher 4.8 for Android 

  • We redesigned Launcher notifications to a more native experience. Users can now intuitively swipe, click, and dismiss notifications. 
  • Notifications from the same source are intelligently grouped and summarized. 
  • Launcher pop-up notifications can be enabled through custom XML. 
  • We’ve updated our terminology to phase out insensitive terms. 
  • Workspace ONE Launcher now supports Android 11.
  • Other enhancements.
    • We removed the Group ID on the checkout screen for fixed organization groups.
    • Users can configure sleep timeouts that are less than 1 minute consistent with native settings. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Android 4.4 and higher
  • Workspace ONE UEM console 1910 and later
  • Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub 19.05+ for Android 

How to Download Workspace ONE Launcher for Android

  • Prior Version is Installed: The admin can decide when to push the app once it is available on the Workspace ONE UEM console as a seeded application.
    • For devices that support silent install of applications, the Launcher application seamlessly updates over the existing application version without disrupting device enterprise functionality. For devices that do not support silent install of applications, the users will be prompted to install the new version.
    • For Android 6.0 and above, the user will be prompted to grant permission for the Launcher to have access to the Usage Data, if they have not already granted the permissions.
    • For Android 5.0, the users will be prompted to grant permissions for Launcher to have access to Usage Data only if the admin has pushed a profile requiring the user to do so (more details present in previous technical bulletins).
  • Prior Version is Not Installed: Once the admin decides to push the Workspace ONE Launcher to the devices, the Launcher gets downloaded to the device as a seeded application.
    • For Samsung SAFE devices, the Launcher will be setup without any end user interaction and the native launcher will be replaced by Workspace ONE Launcher. For non-SAFE devices, the user will be directed through a two-step process to set the Workspace ONE Launcher as the default Launcher.
    • For Android 6.0 and above, the user will be prompted to grant permission for the Launcher to have access to the Usage Data, if they have not already granted the permissions.
    • For Android 5.0, the users will be prompted to grant permissions for Launcher to have access to Usage Data only if the admin has pushed a profile requiring the user to do so (more details present in previous technical bulletins).

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows.

Resolved Issues for Workspace ONE Launcher 21.06 for Android
  • ALAU-170868: Launcher now targets SDK 25.

  • ALAU-170988: Resolves an issue that caused the floating home button appears along with the single app floating home button.

  • ALAU-170994: Resolves an issue where Launcher was unable to exit out of lock task mode.

  • ALAU-171130: Improves stability of Launcher when setting as the default Launcher.

  • ALAU-171150: Resolves a crash accessing a local file via a weblink.

  • ALAU-171151: Resolves an issue that stopped Launcher from launching after an upgrade on Samsung devices.

  • ALAU-171152: Resolves an issue where Launcher would still clear app data even if set to false in the console settings.

  • ALAU-171163: Launcher no longer attempts to clear the Samsung EFOTA app data.

  • ALAU-17117: Resolves an issue where Samsung devices would be stuck in COSU mode.

  • Improvements to the overall stability of Launcher.

Resolved Issues for Workspace ONE Launcher 21.04 for Android
  • ALAU-171052: Resolves an issue where a sync task causes Launcher to crash.

  • ALAU-171051: Resolves an issue where changing the sound settings in Do Not Disturb mode causes Launcher to crash.

  • ALAU-171068: Resolves an issue that stopped the Home Screen from loading all the Home Screen icons.

Resolved Issues for Workspace ONE Launcher 4.9 for Android
  • ALAU-170991: Resolved an issue where Launcher would crash when invalid branding custom XML was applied.

  • ALAU-170997: Resolved an issue where Launcher would not re-launch after an update on Samsung devices.

  • ALAU-170998: Resolved an issue where Launcher does not update profile if it is pushed while launcher is uninitialized.

  • ALAU-171000: Resolved an issue where a check-in after reboot could cause a clear app failure.

  • ALAU-171007: Resolved an issue where Launcher crashes in 4.9.0.9 in single staging.

  • ALAU-171008: Resolved an issue where the check-in flow is called even the device is in shared device disabled mode on first launch or on upgrade.

  • ALAU-170961: Resolved an issue where sideloaded Launcher profiles did not correctly register the admin password. 

  • ALAU-170967: Stability improvements around CICO data clearing.

  • ALAU-170986]: We now automatically add new Recent Apps package names introduced on Android 10 devices to the allow list.

Resolved Issues for Workspace ONE Launcher 4.8 for Android
  • ALAU-170850: Resolved an issue that blocked phone and contacts after a reboot.

  • ALAU-170851: Resolved an issue where the Access screen was shown even after a successful checkout.

  • ALAU-170861: Resolved an issue that prevented the password from clearing on check-in on some device models.

  • ALAU-170871: Workspace ONE Launcher template mode no longer misaligns on some devices.

  • ALAU-170874: Resolved an issue that caused Launcher to crash when a user tries to use the device while a check-in is in progress.

  • ALAU-170875: Resolved an issue that caused Launcher to crash when the sound settings permission is ignored.

  • ALAU-170883: We now automatically allow Workspace ONE Assist packages.

  • ALAU-170888: Resolved an issue that blocked the keyboard on some Zebra devices

  • ALAU-170938: Resolved an issue that caused Launcher to crash when a screen was deleted in the console and pushed to the device.

  • ALAU-170939: Resolved an issue that caused Launcher to crash when Android 4.0 devices upgraded to newer versions of Launcher.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

Known Issues for Workspace ONE Launcher 21.06 for Android
  • We haven’t identified any notable known issues in this release. If you’re facing any problems, feel free to reach out to our support team.

Known Issues for Workspace ONE Launcher 21.04 for Android
  • We haven’t identified any notable known issues in this release. If you’re facing any problems, feel free to reach out to our support team.

Known Issues for Workspace ONE Launcher 4.9 for Android
  • We haven’t identified any notable known issues in this release. If you’re facing any problems, feel free to reach out to our support team.

Known Issues for Workspace ONE Launcher 4.8 for Android
  • We haven’t identified any notable known issues in this release. If you’re facing any problems, feel free to reach out to our support team.

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