HockeyApp Transition to App Center July Update


HockeyApp July update

App Center is closing important feature gaps as HockeyApp is transitioning to App Center later this year. See what we’ve been working on in July and find out more about the things we’ve committed to on our roadmap.

The updates we’ve made in the last month:

  • Move apps from HockeyApp to App Center
  • Filter crashes by build number
  • Create tvOS apps

Move Apps from HockeyApp to App Center

Today, your data is synced from HockeyApp to App Center, however, apps are not fully capable of all the App Center functionality and still originate in HockeyApp. We’re excited to announce that it’s now possible to move your apps. Cut the cord and get full control over them in App Center. Move Apps from HockeyApp to App Center Crashes and Analytics data from the HockeySDK will still be collected. Start to move your apps from the HockeyApp Transition Center.

Filter Crash Groups by Build Number

As requested by many, it’s now possible to filter crash groups by build number. Get a more granular picture of your app and validate that your latest build fixes the issue. Simply select the version and the corresponding build you want to filter by. Filter Crash Groups by Build Number

Create tvOS Apps

The App Center SDK now supports collecting crash reports and analytics data for tvOS. Create your tvOS app on App Center and integrate the SDK to get started. Create tvOS apps

Please note that we won’t transition HockeyApp into App Center until the features tracked on our roadmap are completed. More information on what’s coming next is tracked on our iteration plan for August.

Leverage the full App Center potential, start moving your apps!

Deprecation of TLS 1.0 and 1.1


HockeyApp is deprecating support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 as part of our continuous efforts to improve security for our customers. Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will be discontinued on September 1st and clients will be obligated to connect to HockeyApp with TLS version 1.2 or greater.

To Enable TLS 1.2 for Android 4.x devices you have to update the HockeySDK to the latest available version (5.2.0).

Thanks, HockeyApp. App Center Will Take It From Here.


App Center developer heroes working

One year ago, we announced Visual Studio App Center as the future of HockeyApp. During this journey we listened to you and have continued to improve App Center in every way. We started out with the next generation of your favorite HockeyApp services: distribution, crash reporting and analytics, and added new services exclusive to App Center: Build, Test and Push Notifications. But we didn’t stop there. We continued to build new features that make you even more productive.

Today, after months of work and refinement, we are announcing that HockeyApp will complete its transition fully to App Center in one year on November 16, 2019. We know you are busy building amazing apps, so we have focused on making this transition experience smooth and seamless for you.

Making the Move to App Center

The best migration experience is no migration experience. To make this transition easy, we’ve already started continuously syncing your apps between HockeyApp and App Center. We’ll help you complete the rest of your transition to App Center over the next year:


Get started in App Center right away to start exploring the next generation of HockeyApp services. In App Center, you’ll find your HockeyApp apps ready to go: you can get your work done in App Center through the side-by-side experience, or continue using HockeyApp as you normally would.

Early 2019

While your apps have been migrated to App Center, your data is still tied to HockeyApp. Starting in early 2019, you will be able to complete your migration by moving all of your apps fully to App Center. This will remove the syncing with HockeyApp, and will give you full control of your apps in App Center. You’ll be able to finish moving all your apps whenever you’re ready until November 16, 2019.

November 16, 2019

After this date, all HockeyApp customers will use the next generation of Distribution, Crash Reporting, and Analytics services in App Center and HockeyApp will no longer be accessible. We’re excited about HockeyApp’s future in App Center, and can’t wait for you to experience all the new features in App Center that will greatly improve your ability to quickly deliver high-quality apps!

Follow our transition plan for the latest updates.

The Future is Familiar

Our focus since we launched App Center has been to not only bring you the same great experience you had in HockeyApp, but we strive to exceed your expectations. Every day, our team has been focused on delivering on that vision. Today in App Center, you can not only continue distributing your builds to testers, dig into crash reports and view user download analytics as you do in HockeyApp, but you can also utilize App Center’s new Build, Test and Push services.

Get to the answers you care about faster with the beautiful improved analytics dashboard. Stop having to manually manage iOS provisioning profiles every time a new tester is added to your app. With auto-provisioning we auto-magically handle it for you. We’ve built tons of other new features to help you build better apps faster - from integrations with the public app stores, to handled exceptions and crash event breadcrumbs, to CodePush hotfixes and so much more. We’re excited for you to join the thousands of HockeyApp developers already experiencing the future of app development in App Center!

We’ll Be With You Every Step of the Way

App Center developer heroes

In the last eight years, a core part of our journey with HockeyApp and now App Center, was the close relationship with you, our customers and fellow developers. As you begin your transition, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Our engineers are standing by in App Center and are ready to help answer your questions or assist you with a smooth setup. We’ve built App Center with some great features so far, but this is only the beginning. Please keep sharing your feedback and feature requests so we can continue building the future of App Center together. We’re excited about HockeyApp’s future in App Center and look forward to having you join us on this journey. See you in App Center!

Get Started in App Center Today

HockeyApp is now free for all developers


We are happy to announce that starting on January 1st, 2018, the pricing for HockeyApp will be aligned with Visual Studio App Center. This means that Distribute, Crashes, and Analytics will be free with unlimited apps, organizations, and owners across both products.

What does this mean for you?

If you are on a paid monthly plan, your subscription will end on December 31st, 2017, and no more charges will occur. You can continue to use all HockeyApp features for free. Your existing apps and data will not be affected by this change and you can now create even more apps.

If you are on a paid yearly plan, your subscription will no longer require renewals. You can continue to use all HockeyApp features for free beyond your contract’s end-date. For the remainder of your contract, we’ve granted you our paid App Center Build and Test services for free, with the following mapping:

HockeyApp Business Yearly Plans* App Center Build App Center Test
Business S
15 apps, 3 owners
1 pipeline 1 concurrent device
Business M
45 apps, 9 owners
2 pipelines 1 concurrent device
Business L
120 apps, 20 owners
3 pipelines 1 concurrent device
Business XL
250 apps, 50 owners
6 pipelines 3 concurrent devices
Business 2XL
500 apps, 100 owners
12 pipelines 6 concurrent devices

* Grandfathered and legacy plans are mapped according to their previous pricing.

If you are on the free plan before or if you are a new customer, nothing changes for you, except that you can now create unlimited apps, organizations, and owners. All apps will be synced to App Center with our side-by-side experience. Learn more here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at

The HockeyApp features you know and love, now in App Center


All the HockeyApp features you know and love, now in App Center

As introduced in our last post, we’re bringing the HockeyApp features you know and love to Visual Studio App Center, our advanced offering to automate and manage the lifecycle of your iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS apps. HockeyApp’s beta app distribution, crash reporting, and analytics features will make it even easier to build your app in the cloud with App Center’s continuous integration, automated UI tests, and user engagement through targeted push notifications.

App Center brings together an often-fragmented development process across multiple tools into a single cloud service with one easy to use and modular SDK. Using App Center, you can connect repos and within minutes automate builds, test on real devices in the cloud, distribute apps to your testers, and monitor real-world usage with crash and analytics data.

Two Services, Same Credentials

Showing the HockeyApp and the AppCenter portal

If you’re a current HockeyApp user, you already have a head start in Visual Studio App Center: Simply sign in to App Center with your existing HockeyApp account credentials. This will sync your existing apps and allow you to explore App Center features while continuing to use HockeyApp as usual.

HockeyApp, now backed by Microsoft

With the support of decades of experience and reliability of the Visual Studio family, the App Center community is growing rapidly and becoming the de facto standard for many of our current HockeyApp customers. Beginning the side-by-side experience in App Center today not only allows you to try out new workflows, but also continue to utilize HockeyApp in the same way you’ve been accustomed to since you first decided to adopt it as your Mobile DevOps platform of choice. Your data in HockeyApp will stay where it is until we’ve helped you make a successful transition.

HockeyApp features at no additional cost

Whether you’re an enterprise or hobby developer, the distribution, crash reporting, and analytics services you use in HockeyApp are available for all accounts in App Center completely free of charge. Additionally, we’re offering 4 free hours of build time per month in App Center, as well as a free 30-day trial of the Test service. Learn more about App Center pricing for Build, Test and Push here.

HockeyApp Transition Plan

Visual Studio App Center is committed to exceeding HockeyApp’s benchmark. Over the past year we’ve integrated the most popular HockeyApp features into the App Center platform, and will continue to work hard in the coming months to deliver new features continuously. After all the services in Visual Studio App Center are generally available we will start the final transition plan from HockeyApp to App Center.

To get started with App Center, login now using your HockeyApp credentials. As you begin to explore App Center and have any questions, feedback, or feature requests, we’d love to hear from you. Chat directly with our team using the blue chat button located in the lower right of the dashboard.