Product Updates

Automatically pause unstable phased releases

Runway can now monitor the stability of your releases and automatically pause a phased release or staged rollout if the stability of the update falls below your defined threshold.

Animation showing configuration of an automation in Runway that automatically pauses unstable phased releases.

Just define an acceptable delta value relative to your app’s average session stability, and rest easy knowing that if anything goes wrong, Runway will notify you and pause the rollout before any more of your users receive the buggy update.

Automatically accelerate stable phased releases

We know how important it is to get updates out to all of your users as quickly as possible – but only once your team is confident that the update is stable. Now, Runway can automatically accelerate your rollouts to 100% of users if the stability of the update stays above your app’s average session stability, and only once adoption hits a minimum percentage you define.

Animation showing configuration of an automation that accelerates stable phased releases to 100% in Runway

Improved hotfix flow

We know everyone’s goal is to avoid hotfixes entirely. But when you do need to do one, you want it to happen fast. We designed a quicker flow for preparing hotfix releases so you can get critical fixes out the door faster and with more confidence.

Animation showing improved hotfix creation flow in Runway

You can start a hotfix using the "Prepare new" dropdown on the main releases timeline. Runway will create the new release and immediately kick it off by cutting a hotfix branch from your live release’s tag and bumping the version on that branch.

Past releases on app Overview

Previously, the app Overview screen only displayed your live, next, and upcoming releases. Now, you can see a complete list of your past releases, along with reviews, stability information and key dates associated with each release.

Animation showing scrolling through past releases from the App overview page in Runway

Scheduled cadence

Put your releases on a schedule, and let Runway take it from there. Choose your cadence frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly), and configure your kickoff, submission, and release settings. Runway will automatically set target dates for upcoming releases as they approach and, with automated kickoff, submission and release enabled, you can finally run a fully automated release train with Runway as your copilot.

Animation showing the configuration of a release schedule cadence in Runway


To help you keep track of target dates that were automatically set by Runway according to your scheduled cadence, we include a small cadence icon in the schedule module, which you can access from any release step.

Screenshot of a release cycle calendar in Runway

If at any point during your release cycle you need to pause upcoming scheduled automations, you can do that easily. Head to the schedule module and hit the “Pause schedule” button. Pausing your schedule means Runway will not perform any more scheduled automations until you resume. Once you resume, upcoming automations will proceed on their target dates as normal.

Animation showing pausing and resuming a schedule in Runway

Regression testing integration (TestRail)

If your team uses TestRail for QA and regression testing, you can now view test run status and results within Runway. After connecting TestRail, Runway will automatically pull in test runs associated with your release by name and present details within the “Regression testing” step.

Animation showing the functionality of a TestRail integration within Runway


Stability monitoring integration (Bugsnag)

Another new and exciting capability – Runway can now pull in and surface Bugsnag stability metrics like session stability, user stability, and adoption percentage. Right now these are displayed on each completed release’s “Release” step, and soon you’ll be able to see all stability metrics in App Home as well. More providers are also coming soon - Sentry is next up!

Screenshot showing stability monitoring information being shown within Runway

Automated kickoff

You’ve always been able to set a target kickoff date and time for a release in Runway. Now, you can have Runway perform your kickoff on the target date you set – Runway will automatically create a release branch, or promote code from your working branch to your static release branch, on the target date and time. You can also configure the automated kickoff to include a version bump as part of the kickoff sequence. More on that below.

A screenshot showing a list of automated kickoff actions about to occur in Runway


Automated version bump

We recently added the ability to bump the version in your codebase to the current release version with the click of a button in Runway. Now, you can automate your version bump event to suit your team’s strategy: pre-kickoff (to the current release version), post-kickoff (to the next release version), post-submit (to the next release version), or post-release (to the next release version).

An animation showing changing bump version automation options in Runway


Automated submission

Runway can now automatically submit your build for App Store or Google review on your target submission date.

A screenshot showing App submission automations' statuses in Runway

Runway will only submit your build for review if all the preceding steps on the release are good to go (green).

Automated release

On iOS platforms, you can now configure Runway to automatically release your app on your target release date if it’s been reviewed and approved by Apple.

A screenshot showing Release automations' statuses in Runway


Default release notes

Set default App Store and Play Store release notes for every locale you need to support, and Runway can now automatically apply those defaults to new versions. No more copy-pasting every time!

An animation showing default release notes being applied via an automation in Runway

TestFlight integration

View testers, testing groups, and distribute testing builds using TestFlight, all from within Runway. 

Animation showing exploring TestFlight build information within Runway

Runway can also automatically submit new TestFlight builds for beta review, so you can get new builds in the hands of your external testers as quickly as possible.

Stay tuned for Play Console testing track support on Android!


Bump version

We know that bumping your version in code is a manual “to-do” for many teams, and it can be an annoying and error-prone task. So, we made it as simple as the click of a button in the Kickoff step. Runway will automatically increment the version in the right files, and open a PR with the changes against your working branch. 

Animation showing version bumping from Runway

Screenshots

Verifying that screenshots are up-to-date previously meant navigating away into App Store Connect or the Play Console before coming back to Runway to approve the step. Now, Runway automatically pulls in your screenshots on both the iOS and Android sides, so you can make sure everything looks good to go right from within Runway.

Animation showing exploration of the Screenshots step in Runway

Build artifacts

Artifacts produced during the CI/CD build process, like crash symbols or even binaries, are now available within Runway’s workflow modules.

Screenshot showing a list of artifacts within the build info module in Runway

Additionally, Runway now appends links to build artifacts in select build-related Slack notifications, giving your whole team an easy and quick way to grab RC builds as they become available.

Screenshot of a Slack notification showing build information, including a link to 'view & download' build artifacts

Lastly, Runway will include final build artifacts as part of your GitHub or GitLab release records, ensuring your team can always access historical artifacts over time.

A screenshot showing a list of build artifacts attached by Runway as assets on a GitHub release record.

Note that build artifacts are currently supported for GitHub Actions and Bitrise. Support for CircleCI, GitLab CI, and Jenkins will follow soon!

More automation

From automatically selecting your latest build in App Store Connect / Play Console, to queuing up your next release version, Runway is now doing even more to streamline your process and take over manual tasks. You can see a complete list of automations enabled for your app at the bottom of App Settings.

Screenshot showing a list of automations enabled in Runway


Run workflows

Trigger a new workflow run from anywhere the workflow module appears in Runway, without needing to bounce out to your CI/CD provider.

Animation showing a 'Run workflow' being clicked to trigger a new workflow run in Runway


Promote code to your release branch

For teams who deploy from a static release branch (e.g. “production”), you can now promote code from your working branch to your release branch with the click of a button. Runway opens the PR for you, and will merge it in automatically when possible. 

Animation showing code being promoted from Runway, and seeing the GitHub result


A new home for checklist items

We’ve improved discoverability and access to checklist items by giving them their own tab on each step. 

Animation showing the new location of checklist items, in a tab