Introducing VMware AirWatch® Agent 8.1 for Android

The VMware AirWatch® team is excited to announce that AirWatch Agent 8.1 for Android is publicly available.

What’s New in this App Version

Core Android:

  • AAGNT-181695: Added functionality for the AirWatch Agent to prompt for PIN/Password to decrypt staging data.
  • AAGNT-181938: Added abilility to capture data logs for unintended enterprise wipes.
  • AAGNT-181948: Sample new Battery Management items
  • AAGNT-181766: Added support for intent extra type String ArrayList.
  • AAGNT-181765: Added functionality to automatically enable notifications instead of users doing it manually.
  • AAGNT-181735: Implemented Agent APIs for detecting and installing managed applications.
  • AAGNT-181460: Added Single Sign-on support for SAML users.
  • AAGNT-177532: Added abilility to hold enterprise reset command on AirWatch Agent if device battery level is 50% or less.
  • AAGNT-181954: Increased max failed passcode attempts to infinite (current 100 max).
  • AAGNT-181343: Added functionality to display support information in the AirWatch Agent.

Android OEM – Samsung

  • AAGNT-182041: Added Passcode profile restictions to block iris scanner and face unlock on Samsung devices and Knox container (Cusom XML Required).
  • AAGNT-181762: Added ability to disable lockscreen shortcuts for Samsung devices (Cusom XML Required).
  • AAGNT-180611: Added support for Derived Credentials for Knox Container.
  • AAGNT-181688: Added Token-based enrollment for Knox Mobile Enrollment .

Android OEM – Zebra

  • AAGNT-182242: Added support for Stage Now Device Owner barcode enrollment.

Android OEM – Honeywell

  • AAGNT-181631: Implemented functionality to Disable Guest Account addition.
  • AAGNT-181765: Added functionality to automatically enable Notification Access for Launcher.

Android OEM – LG

  • AAGNT-180903: Added support for silent configuration of Wi-Fi with certificate authentication on devices running LG MDM 4.0+.

Android for Work:

  • AAGNT-182203: Improved user experience of Android for Work enrollment cancellation use cases with Workspace ONE.

Bugs Fixed in this App Version

  • AAGNT-182149: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent does not enroll into Android for Work device owner mode in Legacy as well as Laforge.
  • AAGNT-182513: Fixed an issue where users were unable to enroll the AirWatch Agent through RD client as Agent requests passcode.
  • AAGNT-182747: Fixed an issue where certificate aliases are being renamed.
  • AAGNT-182662: Fixed an issue with Android Location settings > Locating method locked to one option.
  • AAGNT-182657: Fixed an issue with Huawei Service APIs not working.
  • AAGNT-182540: Fixed an issue where admins are unable to update an existing custom attribute name or delete an custom attribute from the AirWatch Console.
  • AAGNT-182548: Fixed an issue where previous product file path is used in the next application installation Product.
  • AAGNT-182404: Fixed an issue where Agent updated as an internal app is installing inside the Knox Container when in Container Only Mode.
  • AAGNT-182481: Fixed an issue where applications do not persist after enterprise reset.
  • AAGNT-182475: Fixed an issue where uninstall manifests are not executing when Uninstall Files/Actions performed.
  • AAGNT-182413: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent crashes when writing Connectivity custom attributes.
  • AAGNT-182432: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent crashes when enrolled without service on navigating to Managed apps page.
  • AAGNT-182380: Fixed an issue where blacklisted apps reappeared after upgrading from AirWatch Agent 7.3 to AirWatch Agent 8.0 with Android For Work.
  • AAGNT-182408: Fixed an issue with unable to open AirWatch Agent when Launcher in COSU mode.
  • AAGNT-182542: Fixed an issue where identifiers do not match when pushing the Exchange ActiveSync Profile with IBM Notes Traveler.
  • AAGNT-182335: Fixed an issue AirWatch Agent version CA not updating after upgrade.
  • AAGNT-182351: Fixed an issue where job logs status are showing duplicate records when we override the job logs level from Device Details page.
  • AAGNT-182331: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent crashes intermittently when switching from Derived Credentials App to AirWatch Agent on Samsung J3 devices.
  • AAGNT-182303: Fixed an issue where Change/Clear Passcode commands are not working on AirWatch Agent 8.1 for Android in Android for Work Device Owner mode.
  • AAGNT-182415: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent does not send audit event for enable/disable unenroll option.
  • AAGNT-182151: Fixed an issue where end user is able to exit Launcher through guest user quick settings.
  • AAGNT-182216: Fixed an issue where file mismatches if AirWatch Agent downloads the files with temporary path.
  • AAGNT-182512: Fixed an issue with Android For Work device owner enrollment not working as expected on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 devices.
  • AAGNT-182519: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent 8.0.1 for Android fails upon bar code staging.
  • AAGNT-182055: Fixed an issue where input package restriction enforcement is not working on Samsung and Sony devices.
  • AAGNT-182127: Fixed an issue with enrollment password and key encryption key (KEK) persists in memory after enterprise wipe.
  • AAGNT-182035: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent crashes upon relaunching after pressing back key in SAML screen (SAML for SSO).
  • AAGNT-181873: Fixed an issue with product job stuck in progress when AirWAtch Agent upgrades through managed app.
  • AAGNT-181941: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent crashes when enrolling into Android For Work device owner mode in specific organization group.
  • AAGNT-178188: Fixed an issue where commands are not automatically pushed to device when using GCM as Push Notification Service for AirWatch Agent 6.3 for Android.
  • AAGNT-181212: Fixed and issue where AirWatch Agent crashes on setting new passcode after 'Forgot Passcode' is selected.
  • AAGNT-181970: Fixed an issue where Launcher profile is not applied when getLauncherDownloadUrl() timeout though Launcher is already installed on the device.
  • AAGNT-181960: Fixed an issue with CertificatePayloadUUID not reporting in the Certificate List Sample.
  • AAGNT-181994: Fixed an issue where Files/Actions download through HTTPS even if job reprocessed after activating the relay server.
  • AAGNT-181814: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent is not able to add HMAC Header.
  • AAGNT-182163: Fixed an issue where 'Accept and Continue' option suppressed for Android O enrollment on Android for Work.
  • AAGNT-181761: Fixed an issue where product job fails when AirWatch Agent upgrades through application product.
  • AAGNT-181747: Fixed an issue where AirWatch Agent creates a folder when destination file name is different from source.
  • AAGNT-181493: Fixed an issue where users are unable to download application when APN type is SUPL.
  • AAGNT-182278: Fixed an issue where Custom attributes do not update on TC75 devices.
  • AAGNT-181370: Fixed an issue where all provisioning Custom attributes are not displayed in the AirWatch Console when MX service is installed in the device. (Android for Work- TC51 M rugged devices)
  • AAGNT-181369: Fixed an issue where all Identity Custom Attributes are not displayed in Console without MX service install. (Android for Work- Rugged)
  • AAGNT-180866: Fixed an issue where SMS Restrictions fails intermittently.

Known Issues

  • AAGNT-182752: APF Agent upgrade failing.
  • AAGNT-182765: Wi-Fi SSID is shown and reported as <unknown ssid> for Android O. [AFW Profile Owner Mode]
  • AAGNT-182753: AirWatch Agent 8.1 for Android crashing in Android For Work demo environment.
  • AAGNT-182660: Application install through products fails on Intermec CN51 devices.
  • AAGNT-182566: AirWatch Agent is unable to Generate File Hash for any file type( txt, pdf, jpg, png etc) and product fails in download step.
  • AAGNT-182824: Un-enrollment fails while secured channel is disabled.
  • AAGNT-182754: Wi-Fi with certificates profile not automatically configuring on Samsung Oreo S8 devices.
  • AAGNT-182768: Android For Work app widgets are not working consistently.

Customer Impact

Take advantage of these updates by meeting the minimum requirements and downloading AirWatch Agent 8.1 for Android. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Android 4.0+
  • AirWatch Console 8.4+

How to Download AirWatch Agent 8.1 for Android

  • Prior Version is Installed –The application seamlessly updates over the existing application version without disrupting device enterprise functionality.
  • Prior Version is Not Installed – Direct users to download it from the Google Play Store.

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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