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Lync 2013 Mobile for Android First Look

 

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Lync 2013 Mobile for Android is available on the Google store. Below is our first look and photo tour of the app. At the end of this photo tour I have written my notes and thoughts. Enjoy.

Status Screen:
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Voice Calling Screen

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dtmf dial pad during a call

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Dialer

Set Status

Instant Message

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IM using Android Speech recognition (very nice)

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Making a call from Android Contact List you are given a choice of which app to use. Lync 2013 Mobile is among this list.

Video Call (this is a video call to a Lync 2010 user)

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Video Call: You can switch cameras and orientation mid call.

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Incoming Call

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Settings

Call forwarding

Landscape works in all screens fine. Notice the buttons at the top get smaller

Call Via Work Call back (it doesn’t appear the user can select call-via-work versus voip at dial time like Windows Phone)

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Swipe to get to IM from a Voice/Video call

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New modality request

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Call History: Notice the little “1” on the conversation history “tab” indicating 1 missed call.

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Not connected” indication

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Both Lync 2010 and 2013 can be installed and (it seems) run at the same time. Do note that Lync 2013 will not work with Lync Server 2010.

Some Things I Noticed:

  • You can swipe as well as tap between screens (not possible on Lync 2010 Android)
  • Entire app is VERY snappy on my Nexus 4
  • You can sync Lync contacts to your Android device
  • You cannot search Android contacts from Lync (not a big deal because you can dial from Android contact list)
  • Even if you exit Lync from App Switcher, incoming calls will come through
  • NOT supported on Android tablets
  • Contacts added on Lync 2013 (PC) will show up immediately
  • Lync dialer does not normalize number
  • NOTE: Appears there is no way to initiate multi-party IM from this client (Is this correct?)
  • No Visual Voicemail

Observations

  • The app is VERY snappy on my Nexus 4
  • Seems like the Lync 2013 Mobile for Android is ever so slightly more basic than iOS and Windows Phone Versions of Lync 2013 Mobile (but still great app)
    • No way to select Call-Via-Work versus Voip at time of call
    • Can’t search device contacts from Lync App (in fairness Lync contacts are added to Android contact list as an alternative)
    • No Visual Voicemal
  • Overall very nice app

More Detailed NotesAlso, you may want to read this blog article that answers in detail, a variety of call situations and how Lync 2013 Mobile (not android specifically) handles them.

  • Question Your Users Will Ask About Lync 2013 Mobile: Click Here
  • Which Android Devices Will Lync 2013 Mobile Run On? Click Here

Get Lync 2013 Mobile for Android Click Here:

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Lync 2013 Mobile is *NOT* supported on tablet. But what does it look like on a bigger form factor device?

Audio call

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Video

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conversations

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Instant Message thread

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Contacts Screen

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Dialer

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apk: click here

Nexus7 ($199) + HTC Mini (?) + Lync 2013

21 comments:

  1. Hi Matt, do you know why is not compatible with Samsung tablets?? only for phone??

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    1. It was not available for android tablets for lync 2010 mobile either so i suspect that is how it is.

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    2. But if you get hold of apk it installs and works ok on samsung tablet

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  2. A shame really, I quite enjoy the iPad version.. Would have loved to have it on my Samsung TAB.
    Let's hope the xda users will cook something up for us soon :)

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    1. You can try to install it using apk: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ho6u8wp43ddatpd/Lync%202013.apk Extracted it from my phone.

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    2. that does work, but (of course) is not supported.

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  3. thanks matt ...its great to have your overview on Lync15 for android...really helped me.i haven't got the answer why this app can't be used on tablet? what's difference really ?

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    1. @sisily Microsoft will need to give their reason why tablet form factors are not supported.

      I will say 1 thing i have noted that does not work correctly on some tablets: i've noticed that DTMF dial pad doesn't work correctly in larger screen sizes. so i could conjecture that Microsoft has not been able to test all larger screen sizes and what it causes for one thing.

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  4. Matt, Tadas, one of my customers tried to install the .apk file on his android tablet, but failed. Parse error. As understood he tried to install on his Galaxy Tab. Any ideas?

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    1. note this article on making it work on Samsung Galaxy tab:
      http://tech.rundtomrundt.com/2013/04/making-lync-2013-work-on-your-android.html

      NOTE: NOT supported!

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  5. The iOS 2013 apps work great for us but on Android everyone gets a "Invalid Exchange login credentials" error even when putting their DOMAIN\USERNAME into the advanced settings.

    Needless to say Exchange 2010 and its ActiveSync/Autodiscover are all set up and working properly as far as I can tell.

    Any ideas?

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    1. Apparently there is a bug of some sort. Microsoft is aware and working on a solution. Sadly, no timeline yet, however.

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  6. I have problem with Jason U :(

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  7. Thanks for the apk link Matt, much appreciated. It works great on my (unsupported) Nexus 7

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  8. Hi Matt, I have followed part 1 2 and 3 on your guide. Really appreciate it and thank you.

    Now I am trying to connect it using Lync 2013 Android.

    On sign-in address: I use username@domain.com
    password: domain_password

    Advanced: i use domain\user

    Server: for internal i use: name.domain.com external i put anything

    So when i click sign-in I could see it display my AD Certificate, then i click continue after that it showing error please check server address or network connection.

    Then later on, using the same details as above i sign-in and it does not display the AD cert anymore and display same error.

    Any ideas on this?

    I have even tried to create A record on my AD for lyncdiscover and lyncdiscoverinternal to point to my Lync Server IP.

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    1. Hi Matt, I have managed to solve it.

      Just add this on the Lync power shell:
      Set-CsMcxConfiguration –ExposedWebUrl Internal

      Source: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ocsmobility/thread/a6c81de7-6493-470e-a998-3c6afd3d2442

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  9. nexus 7 is with 3g or only wifi edition?

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  10. No way to see the screen share. What a shame... GoToMeeting allows to see and control screen share on Android.

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  11. Additionally, issues can arise that potentially would leave you harmful downtime or failing services and Business Phone Service

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