Introducing VMware AirWatch® Launcher 3.1 for Android

The VMware AirWatch® team is excited to announce that VMware AirWatch Launcher 3.1 for Android is publicly available.

What’s New in this App Version

  • ALAU-169194: Implemented “Hot Swap” functionality to speed up Check in/Check out when app or profiles are the same.
  • ALAU-169773: Added inactivity timer for shared devices to support auto-lock and auto-logout.
  • ALAU-169576: Added support for Launcher to activate and deactivate admin mode from AirWatch Console.
  • ALAU-169850: Security: Hash fleet admin passcode before storing on device
  • ALAU-169849: Security Enhancements
  • ALAU-169831: Added ability to remove the admin option based on Agent enrollment.
  • ALAU-169197: Implemented a Single App Quick Launch tutorial.
  • ALAU-169818: Secure Launcher Option to Delete Folders
  • ALAU-169772: Added option to disable built-In web view in AirWatch Launcher.
  • ALAU-169817: Added auto brightness option inside the Launcher as a part of Display settings.

Bugs Fixed in this App Version

  • ALAU-169855: Resolved issue where AirWatch Launcher cannot be set as default on Huawei devices.
  • ALAU-169893: Resolved issue where camera and other apps accessed from within Launcher are blacklisted.
  • ALAU-169881: Resolved issue where users are unable to exit Launcher on Honeywell devices.

Customer Impact

Take advantage of these updates by meeting the minimum requirements and downloading VMware AirWatch Launcher 3.1 for Android. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher
  • AirWatch Console v9.1.2 (Highly recommended in order to use new features and other useful fixes)
  • AirWatch Agent v7.2 for Android (Highly recommended in order to use new features and other useful fixes) 

How to Download VMware AirWatch Launcher 3.1 for Android

Prior Version is Installed – The admin can decide when to push the app once it is available on the AirWatch 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 VMware 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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