Session experience

Support for external webcam

Citrix Workspace app for Android now supports externally connected webcams within your sessions. Connect a USB webcam and use it for video conferencing by clicking the camera icon, then select the external webcam name. It enhances the session experience by using the resources available to end users.

Note:

The external webcam’s name appears only after an external camera is detected.

external webcam

The next time you use a video conferencing app, the system remembers your preference and uses the camera preference accordingly. For example, if you had completed the last video call with an external webcam preference, next time the external webcam is selected by default.

You can change your camera preference by tapping the camera icon on your screen. You can also change the camera preference during your calls.

Notes:

  • When you remove the external camera, the floating multiple-camera icon Floating icon changes to a flip button Flip icon. The Select Camera dialog closes if it’s open and the external camera view on the VDA becomes unresponsive.
  • This feature is applicable on both on-premises and cloud deployments.

DPI Matching

The DPI matching feature ensures that the virtual session gets rendered according to the DPI of the device. Previously, even on high-DPI mobile phones and tablets, the DPI of the device wasn’t considered for session display. Starting with the 24.1.0 release, a new display setting helps to achieve DPI matching.

On your device, go to Citrix Workspace app for Android Settings > General > Display > Session Resolution > and select the Match client DPI option.

Match DPI

In other words, the Citrix Workspace app attempts to match the display resolution and DPI scale settings of the Android device to the Citrix session automatically. This feature enhances the user experience by displaying the sessions according to the DPI of the phone or tablet. The session icons, text, and image clarity are now sharper and more comfortable to read.

For example, when you select the Match client DPI option, the session icons, text, and images are clear.

Match client DPI

On the contrary, when you select the Fit screen option, the session icons, text, and images are smaller in size.

Fit screen

Note:

When you connect an external monitor, the session continues to render with the primary device’s DPI because of Android’s limitation.

Scancode input mode for external keyboard

Starting with the 24.1.0 release, you can select Scancode as the keyboard input mode while using an external physical keyboard. This feature is helpful when you use Android devices with an external Windows PC’s standard keyboard. Similar to using the Samsung DeX feature.

With Scancode, you can use the keyboard layout of the VDA instead of the Android’s soft keyboard. In this way, you can completely follow the input style of Windows instead of Android. It’s beneficial when typing in East-Asian languages, as it significantly improves the overall user experience. The end user might find themselves using the keyboard layout of the server instead of the client. For more understanding, see the Use Case section in this article.

How to use the feature

To use the scancode feature:

  1. Open Citrix Workspace app for Android and navigate to Settings > General > Keyboard.
  2. Tap External keyboard input mode.

    scancode

  3. Select one of the following options:

    • Scancode - Sends the key position from the client-side keyboard to VDA and VDA generates the corresponding character. Applies server-side keyboard layout.

    • Unicode - Sends the key from the client-side keyboard to VDA and VDA generates the same character in VDA. Applies client-side keyboard layout.

    By default, Unicode is selected as the external keyboard input mode.

  4. Tap Scancode.

    When you are in a session, you can switch the remote keyboard using the IME feature and input in the server keyboard layout.

Use case

For example, consider a scenario where you’re using a US international keyboard layout connected to your Android device.

When you choose Scancode and type the key next to the CapsLock on your external keyboard, the scancode 1E is sent to the VDA. The VDA then uses 1E to display the character a.

If you choose Unicode and type the key next to CapsLock on your external keyboard, the character a is sent to the VDA. So, even if the VDA uses another keyboard layout that has a different character in the same position, the character a appears on the screen.

Note:

Unicode is the preferred mode for typing when you use a touch keyboard on your mobile devices. This is because the keys on a touch keyboard generally don’t generate a scancode.

Accessibility and TalkBack

Citrix Workspace app provides an enhanced user experience with the TalkBack feature. The TalkBack feature helps end users who have difficulty seeing the screen. The narrator reads the screen elements aloud when using the UI.

To use the Android talkback feature:

  1. End users must enable the Talkback feature it from Android Settings > Accessibility > Talkback.

    Talkback

  2. To use a virtual desktop session with the TalkBack feature, end users receive a dialog to enable Citrix Accessibility service from Android Settings > Accessibility > Installed app > Citrix Accessibility Service.

    On some devices, the path might be Settings> Accessibility > Citrix Accessibility Service.

    Talkback

  3. Tap OK.

    Talkback

  4. Enable the Citrix Accessibility Service option to use the Talkback feature.

Note:

In a session, when the Talkback feature is enabled on the device, end user can use the two-finger long press to access the Citrix Workspace app toolbar.

Known issues in the feature

  • When you attach an external keyboard to your device:

    • To use the CapsLock key as the narrator key, the action might not work as expected. As a workaround, press the Insert key. [HDX-55347]
    • To use the key combination Win+Ctrl+Enter to enable the narrator, the action doesn’t take effect inside the virtual desktop session. As a workaround, use the Win key or the Start menu and enter the word Narrator. [HDX-55380]

Addition of Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut in session toolbar

Starting from the 23.9.5 version, the session toolbar has an option to do the Ctrl+Alt+Del function with the tap of a button. This option facilitates users to sign out, switch users, lock the device, or access the Task Manager.

Shortcut