Native Mobile UI Controls - 2019 Roadmap

Mobile Team Blog
21 January 2019
Last year, we added an entirely new product to the DevExpress Universal Subscription – our Native Mobile Charting Library for iOS, Android and Xamarin. This year, we’ll focus our efforts on Xamain.Forms and deliver the following products throughout 2019 (for the best possible performance, we will use native iOS/Android views. This will allow us to release a separate set of native controls for iOS/Android at a later time).
Should you have any questions about this roadmap, our Native Mobile UI Controls, or the DevExpress Universal Subscription – feel free to email info@devexpress.com.

New Scheduler Control for Xamarin Forms (v19.1)

  • Day View
  • Week View
  • Work Week View
  • Month View
  • Agenda View
  • Time Indicator (Day, Week, and Work Week)
  • Data Binding
  • Appointment features (statuses, labels, recurrence, reminders, data compatibility with WinForms, WPF, and ASP Scheduler)
  • Built-in dialogs (appointment edit form, reminder notification)
  • Google Calendar support
  • Time zones
  • Resize and move appointments
  • Xamarin.Forms templates for all visual elements

New Grid Control for Xamarin Forms (v19.1)

Our existing Grid for Xamarin.Forms (https://www.devexpress.com/products/xamarin/grid/) was built using the cross-platform Xamarin.Forms API.
As such, it includes restrictions that cannot be easily addressed (such as rendering speed when compared to native alternatives). Rather than struggle with the current codebase, we felt that our best option was to create an entirely new product – a native Grid that’s fully optimized for Xamarin.
As for the old Grid - we will place the product in maintenance mode (this means that no new features will be added – we will only fix critical issues going forward). 
We plan to incorporate all major features that shipped in our old Xamarin Grid and give you:
  • Improved rendering speed
  • Auto row height support
  • Template Selector support
To help simplify migration, we will do our best to mirror the new Grid’s API with that of the old Grid API.

UI Navigation Controls

New Tab View for Xamarin Forms (v19.1)
New Side Menu for Xamarin Forms  (v19.1)

Theme Support (v19.2)

We hope to ship a common set of themes for all our Native Mobile UI Controls.

Data Editors (v19.2)

We expect to ship the following new controls for Xamarin Forms:
  • Text Edit  
  • Mask Edit 
  • Date Edit 
  • CheckBox 
  • ComboBox   

The information contained within this blog post details our current/projected development plans. Please note that this information is being shared for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and does not represent a binding commitment on the part of Developer Express Inc. This roadmap and the features/products listed within it are subject to change. You should not rely on or use this information to help make a purchase decision about Developer Express Inc products.

19 comment(s)
Franco Bonacchi
Franco Bonacchi

Excellent news!

ListView?

21 January, 2019
Orhan ÖCAL
Orhan ÖCAL

That's good news.

21 January, 2019
Peter Bossier
Peter Bossier

Just to understand it right. Currently there's the Mobile Charting Library for iOS, Android and Xamarin. With Xamarin, does it include UWP? And would it be the same for new controls (Scheduler, Grid, Navigation, Theme, Editors)?

The current grid is does not support UWP, right?

21 January, 2019
Anurag Mahato
Anurag Mahato

Dashboard Viewer for xamarin

21 January, 2019
Nate Laff
Nate Laff

That's great, but I'm honestly a bit surprised by the late push for Xamarin. 3 years ago I would have been all over this scheduler, but even Microsoft themselves have started moving to React. If they don't trust the platform they own for their own apps such as Skype, I sure don't. Seems like React Native is really the way forward at this point and I predict Xamarin going the way of Silverlight/WPF. Maybe I'm wrong, but my plans to embrace Xamarin have divebombed recently.

21 January, 2019
Paul Kubb
Paul Kubb

I agree with Nate's comment, Xamarin is way too late even if you make it as nice as winform i may not going to use it. now i am using flutter and looking for a pack of components and I am willing to pay if you make it.

21 January, 2019
Alex (DevExpress Support)
Alex (DevExpress Support)

@Everyone

Thank you for your feedback!

@Franco

We will check if it is possible to support certain ListView specific features in the new Grid component.

@Peter

At present, we plan to support iOS and Android target platforms of the Xamarin.Forms framework.

21 January, 2019
Ray Navasarkian (DevExpress)
Ray Navasarkian (DevExpress)

@Nate @Paul - Xamarin is a platform. Whether it goes the way of the dodo remains to be seen. Unlike our first grid, our next gen native mobile UI products are ultimately meant to target native frameworks for iOS and Android. Our charting library speaks to this very fact...

21 January, 2019
Nate Laff
Nate Laff

Don't get me wrong, I'd love it if Xamarin survives. But I think Microsoft's own lack of confidence in it is telling. My plan was to go all in on Xamarin and even went as far as to purchase a suite from a competing DX vendor because the support just wasn't there on DX, but... I just don't see Xamarin being viable anymore. MS has dropped the ball I think.

21 January, 2019
FEA
FEA

That's excellent news.  We have had great success developing iOS and Android apps using Xamarin. I would like to see more focus on Xamarin controls and less on UWP.

22 January, 2019
Martin Brekhof 2
Martin Brekhof 2

Indeed very good news, we (10+ devs) working daily with Xamarin Forms and could use some extra controls. While you are at it: make sure it works nice with LiveXAML and MFractor.

22 January, 2019
Laurence
Laurence

Shame you're just coming to the party with the Xamarin scheduler, we've had to go with the Syncfusion scheduler.

23 January, 2019
Long NguyenThanh
Long NguyenThanh

Love Devexpress

9 February, 2019
ji hyeonmyeong
ji hyeonmyeong

Thank you for using it available for free at Xamarin.Forms.

6 April, 2019
Thorsten Sommer
Thorsten Sommer

Thank you for investing in Xamarin. Since the current build conference it should be clear that Microsoft will not drop Xamarin but will continue to expand it in the NET 5 future. Thank you DevExpress! I will use it in 2019.

19 May, 2019
Graham O'Riley
Graham O'Riley
Pdf Viewer would ensure I do not need to use the telerik sdk. we are long term Devx developers.
12 July, 2019
Stefano Gaglianone
Stefano Gaglianone
Hello,
 this is good news since I had to leave DevExpress (We have been using WinForms and WPF for many years) to use SyncFunsion to develop with Xamarin.Forms

But I would like to understand if you are going to support UWP as well because in our projects I am interested in having the UWP version too (SyncFusion also has controls for UWP)

Thank you
24 July, 2019
TODD ICHIHARA
TODD ICHIHARA
No comment today.
19 August, 2019
Alex (DevExpress Support)
Alex (DevExpress Support)

@Stefano


We do not have news regarding the UWP platform support in our Xamarin.Forms product line.

You can also check our separate UWP control suite (https://www.devexpress.com/products/net/controls/win10apps/). 

22 August, 2019

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