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New features and enhancements in the SAP Mobile Services Cloud Foundry environment.

You can also check What's New for SAP Business Technology Platform to familiarize yourself with the latest release notes for SAP Integration Suite and SAP Extension Suite and open release notes for other SAP Business Technology Platform products.

May 2021

Feature Type Description
New OData Offline properties New Two new properties have been added to SAP mobile service cockpit for offline configuration: "OData Communication Format" and "Delta Communication Format". OData Communication Format is used to configure the format of OData payload non-delta requests at the defining query level. Delta Communication Format is used to configure the format of OData payload delta requests at the defining query level. If no configuration is provided, the destination level configuration is used. For example, some back ends such as Gateway require that you use XML and not JSON. With these properties, you can configure an efficient defining query with a JSON content type, even if you're using a Gateway back end without delta support. You can also configure a Gateway back end with delta support using XML. Select pre-defined queries or create your own.
Change your license plan New You can change your license plan from the Lite plan to Standard or B2C, which makes it easy to migrate without losing your work. You can also switch between Standard and B2C plans, enabling you to use the best plan for your needs. Note that migration is not reversible. You cannot switch from Standard or B2C to Lite. See also Service Plans, and Creating an Application.
Web UI for Sample Service New You can launch a simple Web user interface for the sample service from SAP mobile service cockpit. This demo tool provides developers with a way to see data changes for a mobile client on the desktop, and to generate mobile apps from the annotations to understand how the mobile client works. Functionality is restricted, but the basics are available. See Launching the Demo App.

See: Launching the Demo App

April 2021

April 2021
Feature Type Description
New languages available New SAP mobile service cockpit is now available in more languages, including: Arabic (right-to-left language and calendar support), Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French (Canadian), German (Swiss), Hungarian, Italian (Switzerland), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Note that documentation is still available only in English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese.
Support for right-to-left calendar New SAP mobile service cockpit now supports the Islamic Hijri Calendar, which appears in right-to-left format. When you choose Arabic as the default language, the Islamic date is displayed as primary and Gregorian date as secondary. When using the calendar date-picker in SAP mobile service cockpit, the Islamic Hijri Calendar appears. Note that business logic, such as calculating by periods and running business processes, is still based on the Gregorian calendar.
Configure user groups New You can configure user groups and use them in usage reporting. User groupings are configured in SAP Business Technology Platform cockpit at the space level, and configured in SAP mobile service cockpit via Settings.
New service key support New Additional features now support service keys, which enable an application to access a service instance using a service key as its credentials. Now Mobile Client Resources and Mobile Client Usage and User Feedback support service keys. Previously only Mobile App Catalog supported service keys. When supported, the Service Keys tab appears for the feature at the app level. Select roles that are appropriate for the feature.
Change to Application Settings Change The Auto Approve setting has been removed from the Application Settings Security tab. Now all new mobile applications and existing applications are set to auto approve.
Support for Windows Push Notification New SAP mobile service cockpit now supports Windows Push Notification for Cloud Foundry. Previously Windows Push Notification was only supported in the Neo environment.
Android push migrates to new HTTP v1 Firebase Cloud service New Android push is migrating from GCM HTTP protocol to FCM HTTP v1 API, which offers an improved security model and new capabilities. GCM HTTP is also called FCM legacy. You can upload application credentials via SAP mobile service cockpit, and use the credentials to push notifications to devices using Firebase Cloud service. Previously only GCM HTTP was supported. Currently SAP mobile service cockpit supports both standards, GCM HTTP and FCM HTTP v1 API. No change is needed for the incoming mobile services push APIs ‒ they remain the same as before. Mobile Services transforms messages to legacy HTTP or HTTP v1 protocol as needed.
Test OData destinations in a web browser New You can now test OData destinations in a web browser. Previously the OData application destination test option was not available for SAP Destination service for some SSO methods, including OAuth2 User Token Exchange, Cloud Connector SSO, and Forward Authentication.

February 2021

February 2021
Feature Type Description
Access to cloud destinations is enabled by default Change Access to cloud destinations is now enabled by default, so the "Enable Access to Cloud Destination" option has been removed from Mobile Connectivity. Previously you needed to enable the option manually.
Cloud Build service available for customized Mobile Development Kit Client New The Cloud Build service can now build Mobile Development Kit clients using extended customization capabilities. Previously only standard customization of Mobile Development Kit Client was supported.
Changes to SAP mobile service cockpit for Preview New Changes have been made to SAP mobile service cockpit to make it clear when you are in the Preview version. The banner now indicates "Preview", and a notification provides a reminder that Preview is not for production or development.

January 2021

January 2021
Feature Type Description
Product name change Change Some product and feature names have been changed. For example, SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services is now simply SAP Mobile Services. SAP Cloud Platform cockpit is now called SAP Business Technology Platform cockpit. The name changes are part of a rebranding effort to better reflect the platform offering. SAP Business Technology Platform is a unified, business-centric platform with an open architecture, which includes database and data management, analytics, application development and integration, and intelligent technologies. SAP Mobile Services is included in the application development area, providing services for SAP Integration Suite and SAP Extension Suite.
Preview SAP Mobile Services Features New You can now preview new mobile services features for a week or so before their production release. This gives you an opportunity to test new features in advance. mobile services preview is only available on the eu10 landscape (AWS Frankfurt). It is available as its own service offering from the Service Marketplace. Note that the preview landscape is not intended as a development or production environment.
Multiple-user support for shared devices New For environments where employees share devices, you can enable an application to securely upload pending changes from previous device users. This is useful in case employees forget or are unable to upload their work.
Multiple custom domain support New In regions that support multiple domains, the administrator can select which custom domain to use for an application route. Routes are created in SAP Business Technology Platform cockpit and can be associated with an application in SAP mobile service cockpit.
Client log configuration enhancement New The Mobile Client Log Upload feature has changed. On the Configuration tab, the Log Upload server property no longer needs to be enabled in order to configure client-side properties. Previously you needed to enable it. The documentation has been updated to reflect the change, and provides additional details.
Event log support for single application New The event log is now available for a single application that is managed by SAP mobile service cockpit. This enables a Business User to access event log data for the application. Previously, event log data was not available for a single application. Note that to support this change, the tab formerly called Event Logs has been renamed to Log Settings. No other changes were made to the tab. You still select the features for which you want see detailed event log status.
XSUAA configuration settings on the Security tab New The eXtended Services for UAA (XSUAA) settings are now consolidated under the XSUAA Settings section on the application Security tab. Previously the settings were included under Application Settings, OAuth Settings and Role Settings. When you select "Default Instance", all XSUAA properties now appear together, helping to ensure you provide the required settings. Select the edit button to make property changes.
New fields added to the upload offline store API New Two new fields now appear in the Mobile Offline Access feature, the Offline Stores tab ‒ Name and Note. You can use the fields to filter and search for offline stores.

November 2020

November 2020
Feature Type Description
User setting for color and contrast New You can change the SAP mobile service cockpit user interface color and contrast in Settings. Theme options include the default, high contrast black, and high contrast white. Previously, only the default option was available.
Updated customer account documentation Change Customer account documentation has been updated for mobile services. Updates include information about Feature Set A and B, changes to the user interface, roles, and entitlements and quotas. Use the information to set up your SAP Business Technology Platform environment for mobile services.
Restrict endpoint access to an allowed list of IP/CIDR addresses New You can restrict the endpoint access for an application to a specific list or range of allowed IP addresses or CIDR notations. This helps increase application security. If you do not restrict access, then all access requests are performed.
Additional system attributes available for OAuth New You can configure additional system attributes (Rolecollections and Groups) for an XSUAA service instance. This enables you to extend access management in the Cloud Foundry environment between SAP Business Technology Platform and SAP mobile service cockpit.
Select a cloud destination from a list Change When creating a mobile destination that refers to a cloud destination from SAP mobile service cockpit, you can select the cloud destination from a list. Previously you needed to enter the exact cloud destination name, which was error prone.
New SSO property for OAuth2 User Token Exchange and OAuth2 SAML Bearer Assertion New A new SSO property, Forward User Token to AppRouter, is added for OAuth User Token Exchange and OAuth2 SAML Bearer Assertion. This feature is used to forward the user token to the AppRouter back end for SSO authentication.
Integration support for Document service Change Document Service integration enables you to use a SAP Business Technology Platform document service in mobile services. Configure the document service in SAP Business Technology Platform, and then create a new destination in SAP mobile service cockpit using the service instance.
Threshold support for Offline service Change You can now set a throttling policy for Offline applications in SAP mobile service cockpit. Throttling enables you to control the activity level. The renamed Offline Policies tab now includes sections for Throttling Policy and Offline Store Upload Policy.
Send push notifications to a custom push server New You can configure a separate push server, to which SAP mobile service cockpit can send push notifications for further distribution.
Both device model and device model version have been added to the User Data analytics report New The User Data analytics report now includes usage data for device model and device model version. You can filter on Device Model Version and Environment to gain additional insight. See Sessions per platform and Sessions per device type.
Support for crash group analytics New When crash dump processing is enabled for iOS and Android clients, the SDK uploads crash logs from the client to the server and you can view crash group analytics.

September 2020

September 2020
Feature Type Description
Enable API keys for Anonymous Access from the client New Enable client-side applications to use API keys as credentials.
Configure regional URL for Discovery Service New You can now configure a regional URL for Discovery service via SAP Business Technology Platform. If configured, the regional URL appears in the SAP mobile service cockpit when you select Settings > Discovery Service.
Changed Mobile App Update user interface for MDK Change Updated the SAP mobile service cockpit user interface for Mobile App Update. The Mobile Development Kit now reflects current names. Also updated the user documentation to better reflect MDK.
Support for crash dumps New Upload files to support crash dump processing for iOS and Android clients. When enabled, the SDK uploads crash logs from the client to the server.
Generic QR code for MDK New The SAP mobile service cockpit now supports generic QR codes for applications developed with Mobile Development Kit. Previously separate QR codes were generated for Apple and Android applications. You can still configure separate QR codes manually.

August 2020

August 2020
Feature Type Description
New authentication method New A new app-level security authentication method is available, "API Key Only". Use cases provide "anonymous" access or "no authentication" options, similar to what is offered in the Neo landscape. Only AppRouter allows API Key authentication. The Anonymous section is now renamed to API Key on the app Security tab.
Application plan New A new column called License Type now appears on the application overview page, and the information appears under Application Details. This enables you to identify the application plan that was in place when the app was created.
Change the SAP mobile service cockpit language Change You can change the SAP mobile service cockpit user interface language via User Setting. Previously, you could only change the UTC/time zone through User Setting.
Test destination links in a browser New Use the new Launch in Browser icon to test destination links that cannot be tested using Ping or OData tests (for example, destinations involving SAP Cloud Connector or, in general, destinations that cannot be invoked from the logged in administrator). Previously, Ping and Testing OData Destinations tests had been disabled for this type of destination.When you select Launch in Browser, the mobile application URL is used to test connectivity (the same URL that the application uses to interact with the destination). The application URL is modified and routed through App-router, which allows a separate login by a business user (end user). The results appear in a separate web browser tab.

Last update: July 30, 2021