This thread has now been closed to direct all further updates about this service release onto the new Beta release thread:
For anyone who has been commenting on this thread, feel free to continue the conversation in that new thread.
Alpha service release: Xamarin.Android 188.8.131.52, bug fixes for 184.108.40.206
Reason for release: Bug fixes for the 220.127.116.11 Stable Channel release on April 29.
NOTE: Alpha versions have not yet completed the full suite of tests by the Xamarin QA team. That said, customer reports of any regressions (or bugs that are incorrectly marked "fixed") are still much appreciated, even if the problem would have eventually been caught during the full QA testing process.
You can downgrade back to the current Stable version by switching updater channels.
You can downgrade back to the previous Stable versions (from before April 29) by manually reinstalling each old package (see also the article about downgrading). The links to the previous Stable versions are:
This first post will be updated regularly.
Hopefully this thread will help answer "what regressions have been fixed compared to the current Stable version?" and "what might break if I update to this release?"
If you find a new problem that is specific to this version, please file a bug report (if this link redirects to the top-level
https://kb.xamarin.com/ page the first time you click it, try clicking it once more).
Please discuss older bugs that are unchanged in this release compared to the previous Stable version in Bugzilla instead.
Of course for questions and discussions about topics other than bugs, feel free start new forum threads.
Bug 29133 - [XamarinVS] [iOS] [Android] Visual Studio hangs when debugging some iOS and Android applications that use multiple threads.
Bug 29680 - [XamarinVS] [iOS] [Android] Ignorable "ERROR: Not implemented (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80004001 (E_NOTIMPL))" message from the new Test Cloud integration. Partial workaround: uninstall the Test Cloud integration: https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=29680#c2.
Bug 29220 - [XamarinVS] [iOS] [Android] "ERROR: Value cannot be null. Parameter name: project" when opening and building projects. So far, this problem appears to be related to specifics of the system configuration. If anyone happens to notice one particular difference between a working project and a failing project (or a computer without the problem and a computer with the problem), be sure to let us know right away. Partial workaround: uninstall the Test Cloud integration: https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=29680#c2.
Bug 29568 - [Android] "No resource found that matches the given name", for AppCompat resources in the Android Support library.
Non-public bug 29866 - [Android] Windows only: "System.InvalidOperationException: Can't not find the nested type" when building with the linker enabled.
Non-public Bug 29172 - [Android] "'...Resource' does not contain a definition for `Id'" (for example, when using the Scandit component).
Bug 29730 - [Android] Event handlers subscribed to (some?) events that are bound to Java callbacks no longer work (for example
ViewTreeObserver.GlobalLayout). Workaround: use the corresponding "Add/Remove...Listener" methods instead: https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=29730#c2.
Bug 29570 - [Android] Greater-than and less-than comparisons of
decimal numbers do not work correctly.
Bug 29263 - [Android] Classes that are referenced by files in the "Resources/xml/" folder will currently all need
[Register] attributes, even if the "XML element name" syntax is used.
Non-public Bug 29170 - [Android] Profiling via
log:sample causes the app to crash at startup.
Non-public Bug 28557 - [Android] In certain cases breakpoints will only pause program execution the first time they are hit.
Bug 29039 - [Mono]
CultureInfo.GetCultureInfo("ar-SA").DateTimeFormat throws a
NullReferenceException for the
Bug 28210 - [XamarinVS] [Android] New projects created from templates show ignorable build warning: "@(Content) build action is not supported ... AndroidManifest.xml". Workaround: change the build action of "AndroidManifest.xml" to "none".
(This list should get smaller as new Alpha builds are published over the coming week.)
Bug 29326 - [Android] String resources defined in NuGet packages overwrite string resources defined in app project, causing the displayed app name to be incorrect for example. Workaround: avoid using the same string key that is used in the NuGet packages.
Non-public Bug 29538 - [Android] Profiling via the graphical Xamarin Profiler ("Run -> Start Profiling") causes the app to crash at startup.
Non-public Bug 28995 - [Android] On certain devices apps crash rarely due to "System.ExecutionEngineException: SIGILL".
Bug 29731 - [Android]
Android.Bluetooth.BluetoothAdapter.Enable is incorrectly marked as
[Obsolete("deprecated")] for API level 20 and higher.
Bug 29725 - [Xamarin Studio] [iOS] [Android] Expressions in the Watch window are cleared each time you stop debugging.
EDIT May 07: Add XamarinVS bug 29822 and XamarinVS bug 29703.
EDIT May 07: Remove Xamarin.iOS non-public bug 29764 because it is not really a regression.
EDIT May 07: Add XamarinVS bug 29839.
EDIT May 08: Update version numbers for new Alpha builds. Move more bugs to the "Fixes" section accordingly. (29628 29680 29220 29568 29172 29730 29703)
EDIT May 08: Add Android bug 29538. Adjust Android bug 29170 description accordingly.
EDIT May 08: Add iOS bug 29745 with workarounds.
EDIT May 09: Add Alpha-only Android bug 29866.
EDIT May 11: Add XamarinVS.iOS bug 29849 with workaround.
EDIT May 13: Add Xamarin.iOS bug 28961.
EDIT May 13: Update version numbers for new Alpha builds. Move more bugs to the "Fixes" section accordingly. (29839 29866 29570)
EDIT May 13: Add "Xamarin Log" error message for 28961.
EDIT May 14: Update version numbers.
iTunesMetadata.plist is now removed automatically from App Store builds.
EDIT May 19: Close this Alpha thread and a link to the new Beta thread.