Introducing VMware AirWatch® Launcher v2.5 for Android

The VMware AirWatch® team is excited to announce that AirWatch Launcher v2.5 for Android is publicly available. 

What’s New in this App Version

  • Added ability to prompt the user to set the passcode in Shared device (Check-in/Check-out).
  • Launcher UI change to make the theme brand agnostic.
  • Added support for locking orientation on phones in addition to tablets.
  • Added activity name in the details reported for invoked blacklisted apps under the ‘Blacklisted Settings’ option in Launcher settings.
  • Added support for adjusting the icon size depending on the device form factor for a given specified icon size.
  • Added support for folder renaming through single click on the name.

Bugs Fixed in this App Version

  • ALAU-169608: Resolved issue with allowing exit of Launcher through guest account.
  • ALAU-169620: Resolved issue with auto-rotate within Launcher.
  • ALAU-169421: Resolved issue with internal apps in Template mode navigating to Google Play Store.
  • ALAU-169598: Resolved issue with apps not working inside folders with no names.
  • ALAU-169604: Resolved issue where serial number displayed in Launcher is different from actual serial number of the device.
  • ALAU-169617: Resolved issue where "Allow Recent Task List" is blocked on some devices when configured.
  • ALAU-169498: Resolved issue where Launcher screen on ET1 devices is displaying in Portrait mode even though Landscape is configured for the orientation.
  • ALAU-169632: Resolved issue where a device is unable to be checked out to a user at a child organization group when "User Group Organization Group" is selected in Shared Device settings when using multi-user staging account.

Customer Impact

Take advantage of these updates by meeting the minimum requirements and downloading AirWatch Launcher v2.5 for Android. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Android 3.0 or higher
  • AirWatch Admin Console v7.3+
  • AirWatch Agent for Android v6.1

How to Download AirWatch Launcher v2.5 for Android

Prior Version is Installed – The admin can decide when to push the app once it is available on the AirWatch Admin 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 Marshmallow 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 Lollipop, 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 AirWatch 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 AirWatch Launcher. For non-SAFE devices, the user will be directed through a two-step process to set the AirWatch Launcher as the default Launcher.
  • For Android Marshmallow 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 Lollipop, 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).

Support Contact Information

To open a Support Request, please call your local AirWatch support line or submit a Support Request via myAirWatch

Best Regards,

The AirWatch Team

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