March 2018: MobileCaddy Trust Update

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Welcome to our March 2018 MobileCaddy Trust update, designed to keep you up to speed with all the latest mobile OS releases and new versions, cover anything relevant which is new with the Salesforce platform, and offer a look ahead to forthcoming changes or issues which will be important for you to keep an eye on.

OS Releases

iOS

iOS 11

Following on from a flurry of iOS 11.3.x beta releases iOS 11.3 went GA at the end of March. These betas and the GA release were all tested through our standard QA process and there should be no need to update container apps for this.

Android

Android ‘P’

An initial timeline Android P has now been released, with these milestones;

  • Preview 1 -initial release, alpha
  • Preview 2 – incremental update, beta
  • Preview 3 – final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta
  • Preview 4 – release candidate for testing
  • Preview 5 – release candidate for final testing
  • Final release to AOSP and ecosystem

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As with all releases MobileCaddy will test Android P right throughout it’s release cycle to monitor if changes will be needed to container apps to support it.

Salesforce Platform

Releases

The rollout of patches to the Spring ‘18 release continue, and throughout the rollout we have been continuing our daily check on the patch updates, and at the time of writing we’re up to Spring ’18 Patch 14.1.

Of course Summer ‘18 is now right round the corner, with sandbox previews expected to land about 5th May. With this in mind we hope to see our pre-release orgs being updated in the first week April. As soon as the release is available in our pre-release orgs this will enter our daily test cycle programme.

Critical Updates

From time to time there are critical updates (CRUCs) released by Salesforce that may impact the running of MobileCaddy applications. When this are seen we request that partners do not activate them prior to them being “green lighted” by us.

There are currently 2 critical updates of note, that we reuqest are not activated until they’ve been through our QA processes.

  • Remove Instance Names from URLs for Visualforce, Community Builder, Site.com Studio, and Content Files
    More information can be found in the Spring ‘18 release notes.
  • New URL Format for Lightning Experience and the Salesforce Mobile App
    More information can be found in this blog post and this knowledge article.

Org Migrations

From time-to-time, Salesforce undertakes a maintenance operation called an Instance Refresh. This is performed for various reason, but primarily to maintain good performance. As part of this your org may be moved to a new data center. More information on this, and steps that might be needed, can be found in this Salesforce Help Document.

* Correct at time of writing.

  • April 8th – NA39, NA35, NA42
  • May 6th – NA33, NA39, NA42

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