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Power BI Mobile Apps Update – January 2016

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Today we are releasing a major update with lots of exciting new capabilities. This update also contains major improvements to the mobile experience, making it slicker, faster and even more fun. All these improvements are already available in the Power BI app for Windows 10, announced just before the end of 2015. Today we’re releasing these same improvements in the iOS apps, and soon they’ll be in the Android app, too.

Real time data support

Dashboards refresh in real time – no need to refresh manually! Whether your data is pushed through Power BI API in real time or scheduled to refresh periodically, you now get updates live on your mobile device. If you update data on a dashboard or tile, add or remove a tile, or change the name of a tile, the newest version will automatically and instantly be visible on your mobile device.

Offline indicators

See when you’re offline and not receiving updates. When your mobile device can’t find a network, you’ll now receive a message that you are offline.

Access cached data indefinitely

Cached data no longer expires, which means you’ll have access your cached data indefinitely while offline.

R-tiles support

The recently introduced R-Tiles are now also available for dashboards on your mobile device. Read more about  R visuals in Power BI Desktop

Bing dashboards on mobile

With Bing content packs, you can view analytics coming from Internet search activity for a term of your choice. After connecting to a Bing dashboard in the Power BI service, your Bing-based dashboard will contain tiles that are generated directly from Bing. You can now also view these Bing dashboards on your mobile device, along with all your other data.

Better experience for pinned report pages

As promised in our last blog post, the experience upgrades for pinned report pages was just the beginning. With this update you can now see a thumbnail of the pinned report directly from your dashboard. Click the tile to you see a landscape view of the report. Stay tuned for more improvements soon!

Power BI in Brazil

Following the news that Power BI is available in Brazil we are happy to share that the Power BI apps are also available in the Brazilian app stores (or download them from here).  Welcome to all our Brazilian friends!

Improved experience for mobile

We revamped the application foundations to improve the whole mobile experience create consistency with the service. With this update, new tile types in the Power BI service will be immediately available in the mobile apps regardless of the device you are using. You’ll also see mobile-specific adjustments such as optimizing tile size to reduce needed space, and better notifications and messaging.

Power BI Favorites are no longer available in the updated apps. If this is a feature you use often, let us know that you want it back.

Get the latest changes

Update your app to get these latest changes, other improvements, and bug fixes. Your feedback helps us decide what to implement in the future, so don’t forget to vote for other features that you would like to see in Power BI mobile apps