The Citrix Receiver app through the XenApp and XenDesktop allows compatible mobile client devices to access desktop virtualization services through a Citrix back-end server. This lets you access corporate applications remotely and on the go.
Citrix Receiver provides useful tools especially for enterprises whose employees need to access applications on their corporate servers remotely. A Citrix back-end server is required for the remote client to access authorized applications. The data accessed on the remote client is fully encrypted, which means none of the data is stored on the mobile device. The setup process needs the IT manager or admin for the corporate client to give permissions to the remote device. The back-end server needs to be correctly configured before the device can access the corporate client. Administrators can make security amendments to the permissions of the remote client. To make login on the server application even more secure, two-factor authentication is also enabled on the remote mobile device client.
The remote environment also supports Citrix Ready Workspace Hub for users who want to make trials or tests on their applications before actual deployment. This allows them to do tests on their applications without affecting the real applications on corporate servers. However, this feature is disabled by default.
The Citrix Receiver is compatible with iOS 9.0 or later, supported by iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Android app requires Android 4.4 or higher.
Ease Of Use
Most users agree that the app works, though it isn’t completely seamless. The glitches experienced seem to vary with the mobile OS. The Android app seems to have more issues than the iOS one, maybe due to the large variety of devices using the Android OS. The UI is sluggish and isn’t the most intuitive and seamless. Again, this might be due to device specifications. New solutions to several issues such as the constant location prompts and delay when connecting to the server-client have been introduced. The bug affecting ICA extensions on the app has also been resolved, but still persists for some users.
The design isn’t the most intuitive, and new users might face difficulties in their first attempts. The UI isn’t particularly optimized for smaller devices, and this makes it quite sluggish. However, you can easily access apps that have been set up on the server-client easily on large panels with a clear contrasting background, which is a plus.
The app won’t cost anything to install, and there are no in-app purchases.
- Allows setup and configuration through email remotely;
- The Workspace Hub allows for test trials before deployment;
- Accessing heavy applications such as CAD programs works perfectly.
- The Google Play app won’t launch when an ICA file is downloaded from the Internet, and the provided update still hasn’t fixed this for all Android devices (worked on the Galaxy S9 but not the Huawei P20);
- The Android app is quite sluggish, and remote client often shows a domain error or lags. Works better on Apple devices;
- Unintuitive UI.
While it suffers from a few glitches, Citrix Receiver is still a great client manager. It offers really useful features, especially if you are running complex or heavy apps, and works even better for simpler ones like Excel, Word and PDF readers. I’d definitely recommend the app.