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 The Beta Program

 

PhoneMyPC's Beta program gives the Android community an opportunity to participate in final development on Android's most full-featured PC Remote app. During the program, purchasers are treated to a reduced price, and the PhoneMyPC team has the pleasure of their feedback, suggestions and comments.

See the Known Issues and future plans at the bottom of this page.

Release Record

  • Next Theme: Login support
  • We are dedicated to Login support, and will do nothing else now until that is finished. OF course, critical bugs will always be fixed right away.
  • Update: We expect to deploy login support to some pre-release testers this week. It's coming!

 

  • Current Release 1.0.16, 02-01-2010. Theme: Bug fixes.
  • This release contains seveal fixes to bugs old and new.
    There have been changes in both the Phone and PC applications. Updates to the PC application are only required for improvements to keyboard handling (such as support for the underscore (_) character).

    • Fix to the network-latency sensitivity introduced in the last build.
    • Fix to the "always-zooming" bug on some devices.
    • Support for the underscore (_) character.
  • Current Release 1.0.15, 01-18-2010. Theme: Many fixes, requested features.
  • This release contains seveal additions and bug fixes.
    There have been changes in both the Phone and PC applications;
    BOTH applications must be updated together.

    We appologize for all the PC application updates; we're near to rolling out an auto-update so this won't happen many more times.

    • Complete rewrite of keyboard handling. For detailed use, please click either the Control Mouse+Keys or Interact Live link at left.
    • Multi-touch support fixed for Samsung users.
    • Keyboard-caused crash has been fixed.
    • Double-key entry bug is fixed.
    • RDP keyboard issues fixed (RDP now works properly on a controlled PC).
    • More accurate use of device keyboard (Alt and other keys now behave correctly).
    • Ability to control PC's modifier keys (Shift, Alt, Ctrl, Windows) added.
    • Shortcut menu added to simplify common key sequences (Cut, Copy, Paste, Run, etc.).
    • User configurations added to allow mapping of hard buttons to software features.
    • All PC input features of Interact Live now added to Control Mouse+Keys.
    • Optional Application Password added (to prevent unauthorized use of PhoneMyPC on the phone).
    • Auto-retry logic added to network code--still fine tuning this.
    • Long-press crash in Window and Process list has been fixed.
    • Screen-density logic added to improve sensing of taps on high-density screens (Droid/Milestone, Nexus One).
  • Current Release 1.0.14, 11-26-2009. Theme: More options, fewer bugs.
  • This release contains seveal additions and bug fixes.
    There have been changes in both the Phone and PC applications;
    BOTH applications must be updated together.

    We appologize for all the PC application updates; we're near to rolling out an auto-update so this won't happen many more times.

    • First-draft of "Special Key" support (function keys, etc.). We know the menu-interface isn't the best, and we have numerous ideas how to better make special-keys available. We'd like to hear from you on this: how should these work?
    • Configurations added for mapping hardware buttons to software features.
    • Support added for mouse-wheel scrolling (horizontal and vertical).
    • New 'stealth' mode added to hide the System Tray icon on the PC.
    • Many bug fixes--should be fewer force-closes.
  • Release 1.0.12, 11-15-2009. Theme: Fixes and Configs.
  • This release contains seveal bug fixes.
    There have been changes in both the Phone and PC applications;
    BOTH applications must be updated together.

    • Enter key now works properly.
    • Configurations added for default quality for all visual modes (Snapshot, View Live, Interact Live).
    • Font size adjusted for better display on WVGA screens (Droid).
    • Fixes to the Execute Actions feature; no more crashes, and batch files are supported.
    • View options now shut off any running screen saver.
    • PC application now supports user-selected TCP port for direct connections.
    • Soft keyboard now hides when the application exits.
  • Release 1.0.11, 11-08-2009. Theme: Fixes and Droid support.
  • This release contains seveal bug fixes.
    There have been fixes in both the Phone and PC applications; please update both.

    • Android 2.0 Multi-touch for the Motorola Droid.
    • Addition of 'truer' Cursor mode in Interact Live.
    • Added support for zooming using the Volume control.
    • Fixed the "crash while typing" bug.
    • Fixed (improved) the "interact live stops updating" bug.
    • Performance improvements.
  • Release 1.0.10, 11-10-2009. Theme: Fixes! User Requested Fixes.
  • This release contains seveal bug fixes requested by our users.
    This is a phone-only update. There is no need to update the PC application at this time.

    • Hero users' Track-ball now properly performs mouse-clicking.
    • Changing credentials in Settings now takes effect immediately (without restarting the application).
    • Better error handling of network issues on startup (STILL some work yet to do here).
    • More network issues fixed.
  • Release 1.0.8, 10-25-2009. Theme: Fixes! User Requested Fixes.
  • This release contains seveal bug fixes requested by our users.

    • More reliable Interact mode--interactivity will not suddenly stop as before.
    • Better network performance, particularly during Interaction.
    • Better error handling of network issues on startup (some work yet to do here).
    • Further refinement of Track-ball behavior (for some devices).

  • Release 1.0.7, 10-11-2009. Theme: Reliability! User Requested Features.
  • This release contains seveal bug fixes and features requested by our users.

    • No more lost PC's! We have re-built our network stack from the bottom up to improve reliability substantially.
    • No more "Are you sure" questions from the PC application when you shut down your computer.
    • Multiple monitors are now supported.
    • You can now choose whether you want high-quality, or high-performance in all visuals.
    • [Left-ALT + Click Trackball] now works as mouse right-click.
    • Right-ALT now functions as PC [Control] key.
    • Improved performance.
    • Improved security model.

  • Release 1.0.5, 06-21-2009. Theme: Interim bug fixes, improved UI
  • In response to our users, this release fixes several bugs.

    • More improved networking code--still fewer Broken Pipe errors
    • More robust PC app behavior; fewer missing PC's
    • "Gliding" panning in all UI views
    • "Cursor mode" added to Interact Live (see Interact Live for details)
    • Fixed more force-close bugs

  • Release 1.0.4, 06-07-2009. Theme: Interim bug fixes
  • In response to our users, this release fixes several bugs.

    • Improved networking code--still fewer Broken Pipe errors
    • Improved PC behavior--not so many "missing" or "(In use)" PC's
    • Soft-key support added
    • Fixed text-entry bugs--characters such as ^%(){} didn't work, but do now
    • Fixed more force-close bugs

  • Release 1.0.3, 05-31-2009. Theme: Log-In
  • Our plan was to release the PC application as a windows service this week; this would imrprove reliability and allow remote log-in. Unfortunately, that feature didn't make it as we spent our time responding to user feedback about lagginess and network problems.

    • Improved networking code--fewer Broken Pipe errors
    • Improved UI responsiveness--not so 'laggy' when the network is slow
    • Thoroughly tested with Android 1.5 [Cupcake] in response to customer feedback
    • Fixed several force-close bugs
    • Improved the reliability of the PC applet

  • Release 1.0.2, 05-25-2009. Theme: Faster
    • Enabled View Live and Interact Live for all connections (3G, Edge, WIFI, hosted or direct)
    • Modified Multi-touch zooming to make it more responsive
    • Augmented error reports to help us better track down issues sent by beta partners
    • Fixed a Force Close when saving a Snapshot
    • Updated network code to fix several reported bugs
    • Added some friendly messages for expected errors

  • Release 1.0.1, 05-10-2009. Theme: Simpler, Stabler
    • Added new feature: View Live
    • Added Zoom to all View features
    • Added trackball support to all View features
    • Added ability to email bug reports
    • Re-designed the UI
    • Fixed several connection bugs
    • Fixed 'empty list' bugs
    • Fixed bug when Back button is used to access the PC List
    • Added toasts for user tips

  • Release 1.0.0, 05-03-2009. Theme: Get it out there
  • Known Issues

    • Program sometimes fails to connect or "vanishes" when first ran.
    • We're working on this. As a work-around, simply press Home and try again. We've worked hard to make sure the software is reliable when you're away from the PC, but sometimes the Phone app fails, and we are working hard to find out why.

    • Sometimes WIFI will not connect on the first try. This seems to be an Android issue. You can notice this when you expect to receive a WIFI direct-connect session, yet the Quality defaults to "medium" (whereas WIFI direct connections will default to Highest).
    • As a work around, close and re-run the application.

    • Program persistently reports "No Hosts Found."
    • This is almost always caused by credentials being mis-typed on either the PC or the phone. Re-enter both and try again. If this does not solve the problem, check to see if you have a Firewall that blocks outgoing port 49200 on the PC; if so, open it for outgoing traffic. Note: this port number will return to 443 in a future release.

    Features in the near-term queue

    • Windows Service for the PC client.
    • Ability to login to the PC via PhoneMyPC (and to unlock workstations).
    • Sound support
    • Better user documentation, including samples and a forum.