Microsoft has recently launched ‘Visual Studio Mobile Center’ for the developer community. The purpose is to help in building and managing mobile apps through a set of cloud services. The Mobile Center supports applications built on several frameworks. It supports apps written in Swift, Java, Xamarin, React Native and Objective –C. The platform is currently in its “preview” period and a roadmap is in place to further build out services to be offered.
Today developers are expected to go beyond conventional approach to app building and their prime focus is on providing mobile users a Unique experience. Developers need a platform where they can continuously build, test, deliver and monitor as fast as possible. Mobile Center, can reduce the time spent on creating a workflow by using the services provided by Mobile Center. It will allow the developers to concentrate on the primary task of creating a good app.
Some of the features in VS Mobile Center are:
- Build apps automatically with pull request
- Test apps on thousands of different mobile devices through the embedded automated UI tests
- Distribute and passing builds to Beta testers
- Monitor crashes and bugs for immediate diagnostics
- Mobile analytics feature gives detailed insights on mobile usage and behavior
- Apps written in any language can be brought into VS Mobile Center’s cloud and lifecycle services
The developers have a choice to work on end-to-end workflow provided by the VS Mobile Center or can choose to avail only a subset of the services.
VS Mobile Center is expected to evolve further with integration with new and existing HockeyApp and Test cloud apps. In addition to that, the future versions of VS Mobile Center will support Cordova and Universal Windows platform. Advanced services such as push notifications and advanced analytics will also be a part of the future versions. Currently, it supports only lifecycle features like building, testing, crashing, Beta distribution and analytics. In Cloud features support authentication, easy tables and offline sync. To gain access to the VS Mobile Center, you can request an invitation and then sign in using your existing HockeyApp credentials or use your GitHub account or Microsoft account.
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