Today I tried out a new Citrix Lab Receiver for Android. A receiver for Android was available at Android Market for quite a long time but I have just noticed a new, apparently experimental application (therefore „Lab” in the name as one can imagine) which „has been optimized for touch applications”. I gave it a try and works nicely with XenApp 5 (according to Citrix, it should work with Presentation Server 4.5 as well). Moreover, the receiver is free
This is how it looks like when run on a G1 phone:
First, you need to set up a store to connect to:
Then go ahead and log in – you will see applications available for you account:
Tap an application and Citrix receiver will start a connection:
Finally, this is how a Windows-based application looks like when streamed to Android phone (Winamp in this case
The receiver is easy to use, provides some basic options for session (display resolution, orientation, etc. as well as audio settings). On my fairly slow G1 mobile phone, the refreshing was quite good and tapping accurate. To emulate a right-click, you need to tap-and-hold. I don’t have multitouch supported on the phone but I assume it would greatly improve the user experience.
I don’t think the receiver is wildly used due to security risks (running a production application on users’ smartphones? No certificates support as far as I can see) but I appreciate its usefulness for administrators.
More information on Citrix Receiver features (like Doc Finder) may be found here.