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Release Notes for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for Apple iOS and Google Android

11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

E52669-04

January 2015

This document describes new features, issues, and workarounds related to Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile.

It includes the following topics:

1 New Features Specific to the Android Application

Following are the new features in the July 2014 update of Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile. Install the latest updated version of the application from the Google Play Store.

  • Support for action links, including action link navigation history

  • Support for dashboard sections

  • Support for Briefing Books

  • Add to Favorites now at the dashboard-page level

  • Location support on maps in dashboards

  • Bug fixes

2 New Features Specific to the iOS Application

Following are the new features in recent updates of Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile. Install the latest updated version of the application from the Apple App Store.

2.1 New Features in the January 2015 Update

Following are the new features in the January 2015 update of Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile.

  • iOS 8 Support. The Oracle BI Mobile application is optimized for iOS 8. iOS 6 is no longer supported.

  • Immersive Mode. Changes and improvements including Show/Hide options for the Prompts bar, the Page bar, and the title bar. To enter or leave Immersive Mode, swipe up or down respectively. To hide or show the Prompts bar, tap the filter icon. To hide or show the Page bar, tap the menu icon in the Display bar.

  • Local iOS Notification for Alerts. Now you are able to receive your Oracle BI Mobile alerts in the iOS Notification Center, and the alerts take you to the application.

  • iPhone: Improvement to First-Time Help. Now you can reset the first-time help so that it shows again whenever you like. Tap the Options icon and then tap Show First Time Help.

  • iPad: Improvement to UI. Redundant dialogs for server settings and login were removed and replaced with a simplified welcome dialog. This allows you to quickly choose the demo, the server configuration screen, or offline mode. In the Settings screen, sharing options have been simplified.

  • Translation Update

2.2 New Features in the August 2014 Update

Following are the new features in the August 2014 update of Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile.

  • iPad: Improved Thumbnail Previews. On the iPad, thumbnail previews now refresh every time the analysis is opened. This eliminates the need to remove the app in order to clear stale previews. NOTE: For performance reasons, if a preview is less than five minutes old, it is not updated.

  • Security Toolkit Enhancement. Now when you get the security toolkit, you also get a sample XCode project along with it.

  • iPad: Mobile Layout. By default, analyses and dashboards open with the desktop layout on the iPad. There is now an option that allows you to toggle to the mobile layout. The layout applies to each analysis or dashboard individually, and persists for the duration the analysis or dashboard remains open. Tap Options, then tap Mobile Layout. Toggle back to Original Layout.

  • "All Column Values" Option for Prompts. For prompts that support the 'All Column' selection option, this is now available in Oracle BI Mobile. In the prompts dropdown, tap All Column Values to select all options at once.

  • iPhone: Spacing of icons in navigation bar. The icons in the bottom toolbar are now evenly spaced.

  • Bug Fixes and SSO Enhancements

3 Known Issues Common to the iOS and Android Applications

Following are the known issues in this release of Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile:

3.1 Sharing BI Content Using Links Does Not Work Across Mobile Operating Systems

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

Sharing with links does not function across mobile operating systems. BI content shared through email on an iOS device (Oracle BI Mobile HD) does not open in the Android application (Oracle BI Mobile for Android) and vice versa.

3.2 User Must Log Off for Synchronizing of Recent and Favorites List

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

Synchronization of the recent and favorite dashboards between the server and the mobile applications does not take effect until the user logs off.

3.3 Differences to Note When Using Oracle BI Mobile with Oracle BI Cloud Service Implementations

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

When users of Oracle BI Cloud Service access BI content through Oracle BI Mobile, there are minor differences to keep in mind:

  • Users must log in to Oracle BI Mobile using single-sign-on (SSO).

  • Folders within the catalog have names that differ from the on-premise version of Oracle BI EE, for example there is the "My Company" folder instead of the "Shared Folders" folder.

4 Known Issues Specific to the Android Application

Following are the known issues in this release of Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile:

4.1 Using Google Chrome to Open Shared Links Can Cause Unexpected Results

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

Opening shared links through the Google Chrome browser can cause unexpected results. When you tap a shared link on an Android device, if the Oracle BI Mobile for Android application is installed, the user is prompted to open the link either through the application or with Google Chrome. Opening the shared BI content in the Oracle BI Mobile for Android application is the only supported method.

4.2 Supported Language is English Regardless of Language Setting on the Device

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

This release of Oracle BI Mobile for Android in not localized. The only supported language is English. If the device is set to a language other than English, the application will function, but all text will be in English.

4.3 Alerts Not Supported

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition alerts and the Alerts section of the desktop application are not supported in this release.

4.4 Some Links Do Not Function as Expected

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

Some types of links do not function as expected. For example, action links triggered from a tap-and-hold gesture (right-click in the desktop application) do not always display on analyses and may flash open then close. Also, links attached to a cell or on a page that launch another analysis or external sites do not open.

4.5 Demo Server Does Not Appear in Connections List if Device is Offline

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

When the Oracle BI Mobile for Android application is first launched, if there is no access to the domain oracle.com or if the device is offline, the demo server is not added to the list of connections. The demo server is added automatically when the application is started with a valid network connection.

4.6 Title of BI Content Does Not Display on BI Content Shared Through Email

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

When sharing BI content through email, the user who opens the shared BI content cannot see the analysis title in the navigation bar. Instead the user sees the text "Shared Report." This is not the case for near field communication sharing; for NFC sharing the title of the BI content displays just as it does on the device of the sender.

4.7 Refresh of Type-Ahead Cache Happens Under Certain Scenarios

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

The type-ahead cache for search is refreshed only when one of the following occurs:

  • the connection is switched

  • the user exits the application and then the application sits for some duration

  • the user exits the application, stops it, and restarts it

This refresh happens for performance reasons.

4.8 Links to PDF Files on Server Must Be Part of a Text Link

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

Links to PDF files stored on the server work only if they are part of a text link.

5 Known Issues Specific to the iOS Application

Following are the known issues in this release and previous releases of Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile:

5.1 Empty Prompts Section Is Displayed in BI Mobile Dashboards with Prompts

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

When you create a dashboard and you make a property change to a section in a dashboard (for example, you change a column property from Fixed Width to Best Fit), that section then is displayed as an empty container in the dashboard. Changing the property to its previous setting does not correct the formatting. To fix the formatting of the dashboard, delete the empty section and replace it with a new one that has no properties applied.

5.2 No Scrolling to View Offscreen Content If User Language is Arabic or Hebrew

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.5, 11.1.1.6.0, 11.1.1.6.2, 11.1.1.7

This visibility issue applies only to BI content that would be hidden offscreen until scrolling over to see it. If the user language has been set to Arabic or Hebrew, then you cannot drag or scroll to view further BI content in the Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile application on the iPhone or iPad.

5.3 Bi-directional Text Layout Not Supported by BI Mobile Client Shell UI

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.5, 11.1.1.6.0, 11.1.1.6.2, 11.1.1.7

When using the Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile client with a bi-directional language like Hebrew or Arabic, the client shell does not show the layout correctly.

5.4 Mobile Device Accessibility Features Might Not Work With Oracle BI Mobile Application

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.5, 11.1.1.6.0

Apple iPhone and iPad accessibility features such as VoiceOver and Mono Audio might not work or might work only partially in the Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile application.

This issue has no workaround.

5.5 Multitasking Gestures on iPad iOS 4 and iOS 5 Are Not Supported

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.5, 11.1.1.6.0, 11.1.1.6.2

Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile does not support the iOS 4 and iOS 5 fast application-switching multitasking feature. Therefore, if you switch from the Oracle BI Mobile application to another application and then return to the Oracle BI Mobile application, the Oracle BI Mobile application restarts. The Oracle BI Mobile application's state, resources, and user interface are not saved.

5.6 Unexpected Closing of BI Mobile Application When Changing Wallpaper Image

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.6.2, 11.1.1.7

In Release 11.1.1.6.2, Bundle Patch 1, on a first-generation iPad, when setting a saved photo as wallpaper for the Oracle BI Mobile application, the application might close unexpectedly.

This issue has no workaround.

5.7 BI Publisher Prompts Viewed in BI Mobile Display Differently Than in the Desktop Application

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.6.0

This issue applies only to BI Publisher reports. When you use a Release 11.1.1.5.0 or 11.1.1.6.0 BI Mobile client against a Release 11.1.1.6.0 server, some BI Publisher prompts behave differently than they do in the desktop application. For example:

  • Text prompt. The prompt shows a list with default values; the prompt does not show the filter icon for changing the value.

  • Date prompt. The prompt shows a list with default values; the prompt does not show the filter icon for changing the value.

  • Radio buttons prompt. The prompt shows a list with default values; the prompt does not show the filter icon for changing the value.

  • Check boxes prompt. The prompt shows a menu allowing selection of a single value, rather than the multiple-value selection allowed in the desktop application.

5.8 Briefing Books Content Visible in User's Catalog Is Not Viewable in the Mobile Application

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.5

Briefing books content is not supported in the Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile application in Release 11.1.1.5.0.

Users cannot open a briefing book or view any content from a briefing book on the Oracle BI Mobile application. However, briefing books' titles might be displayed in the mobile application in a user's catalog or in a list of favorites.

6 Oracle BI Mobile Documentation Errata

This section describes Oracle BI Mobile documentation errata. It includes the following topics:

6.1 Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for iOS

This section describes documentation errata in Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for iOS. It includes the following topic:

6.1.1 Information on Save Customizations Feature in Error

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for iOS contains the following misinformation in regard to applying saved customizations.

The "New Features in Recent Minor Updates of Oracle BI Mobile 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7)" topic in the preface "New Features for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile Users" and the "Saving, Clearing, and Applying Dashboard Customizations" topic in Chapter 3, "Using Oracle BI Mobile" provide information on the Save Customizations feature in error. This feature is not currently available.

This issue is fixed in Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for iOS (E25318-06).

6.1.2 Missing Information Regarding conf.xml File

Impacted Releases: 11.1.1.7

Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for iOS contains incorrect syntax and an incorrect sample of XML in the Implementing Server Provisioning Through URL section. You can implement server provisioning through URL to allow your end users to begin working with Oracle BI Mobile without having to type in their server connection details themselves.

The correct syntax for the launch URL (on device only), where the Oracle BI Mobile schema on the device is "oraclebimobile", is the following:

oraclebimobile://com.oracle.obimobile/configure?xml=http://myserver:myport.mycompany.com/conf.xml

Another example of the syntax, with variables for your organization's server configuration details in brackets, is the following:

oraclebimobile://com.oracle.obimobile/configure?xml=http://[server]:[port]/[path]/[filename].xml

Note:

In the examples above, make sure to replace the variables with your own host server name and port number, as well as the name of your configuration file if you have given it a name other than conf.xml.

The corrected sample XML file to address this doc error is provided in Example 1. Use this sample as a model to create your own conf.xml file. Your own version of the configuration file can be used to send configuration details to Oracle BI Mobile. When launched on the device, the file's properties are then applied to the user's Oracle BI Mobile application.

When using this XML file to implement server provisioning through URL, you are utilizing the URL launch mechanism supported in iOS. The XML file you create should use Apple's standard property list (plist) format. For more information on XML property lists, see the following:

https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/cocoa/conceptual/PropertyLists/UnderstandXMLPlist/UnderstandXMLPlist.html

Example 1 Sample conf.xml File

<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>obim</key>
<dict>
<key>servers</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>analyticsPath</key>
<string>/analytics/saw.dll</string>
<key>host</key>
<string>hostname.company.com</string>
<key>locale</key>
<true/>
<key>name</key>
<string>Friendly Server Name</string>
<key>port</key>
<integer>7780</integer>
<key>ssl</key>
<false/>
<key>sso</key>
<false/>
<key>xmlpPath</key>
<string>/xmlpserver</string>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>analyticsPath</key>
<string>/analytics/saw.dll</string>
<key>host</key>
<string>newhostname.company.com</string>
<key>locale</key>
<true/>
<key>name</key>
<string>Friendly Server Name 2</string>
<key>port</key>
<integer>7780</integer>
<key>ssl</key>
<false/>
<key>sso</key>
<false/>
<key>xmlpPath</key>
<string>/xmlpserver</string>
</dict>
</array>
<key>settings</key>
<dict>
<key>debug</key>
<false/>
<key>optimized</key>
<true/>
</dict>
</dict>
</dict>
</plist>

6.2 Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for Google Android

This section describes documentation errata in Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for Google Android.

There are no known issues at this time.

7 Documentation Accessibility

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Oracle Fusion Middleware Release Notes for Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for Apple iOS and Google Android, 11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

E52669-04

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