AndroApp and GDPR

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.

It was adopted on 14 April 2016, and after a two-year transition period, becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. The GDPR replaces the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Because the GDPR is a regulation, not a directive, it does not require national governments to pass any enabling legislation and is directly binding and applicable.

The GDPR extends the scope of EU data protection law to all foreign companies processing data of EU residents. It provides for a harmonization of the data-protection regulations throughout the EU, thereby making it easier for non-European companies to comply with these regulations; however, this comes at the cost of a strict data-protection compliance regime with severe penalties of up to 4% of worldwide turnover or €20 million, whichever is higher.

What does it mean for AndroApp?

To give our clients better experience, we at Androapp are using google analytics to capture crashes, renewal status and page hits for all the apps (apart from your own analytics). We as such are not collecting any personally identified information, however taking a cautious approach, we will disable this collection permanently.

[update]: We have disabled Google analytics from version 15.00 onwards

What does it mean for you?

For those who submitted your app through us (using android app account). As we don’t have control over your app content

  1. We will un-publish  Android apps OR transfer it to your own google developer account, we have already communicated to relevant owners.
  2. FOR IOS apps, we will remove European union countries from the distribution, OR you can chose to resubmit the app from your own account.

Also

We can not advise you as to whether you are GDPR compliant or not, you should consult your legal representative for the same.

However, we are working to give the best possible support to our partners to be GDPR compliant.

In general, you should check where all you are collecting user’s data, ex. Analytics, Ads (admob, appnext, admob, adsense others), push notifications, login forms, comments etc. and take appropriate action.

Versions used By AndroApp

We are using below versions in our last update 15.00 (in android)

 

AppNext
'com.appnext.sdk:ads:2.3.0.469'
'com.appnext.sdk:banners:2.3.0.469'
from AppNext team =>

Push Notifications
com.google.firebase:firebase-messaging:15.0.2
Google Analytics and Admob
'com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:15.0.1'
'com.google.android.gms:play-services-location:15.0.1'
'com.google.android.gms:play-services-analytics:15.0.2'

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation

Adsense: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/7670013?hl=en&ref_topic=7670012

Analytics: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6366371?hl=en&authuser=1&ref_topic=2919631

Admob: https://support.google.com/admob/answer/7666519?hl=en-GB&ref_topic=2745287

For any queries or suggestions please feel free to contact us on contact[AT]androapp.mobi.

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Top Slider Menu in AndroApp

We recently added a new Menu option in AndroApp in last release version 11.00, Top Slider Menu.

Checkout this screenshot

How to add this menu in your Android App via AndroApp?

  1. Update AndroApp Plugin to latest version 11.00 and above
  2. Go to AndroApp->Configure tab in your wordpress dashboard
  3. Select the slider menu from dropdown (you should create a new menu just for slider menu from Appearance->Menus and select that one here)
  4. Create New apk from AndroApp->Look & Feel
  5. install new apk to your android device and test it out thoroughly
  6. Upload this new apk to Google play store.

Note:- Slider menu is available only on Android versions, it is not available in IOS versions as of now

 

 

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Manage AndroApp Menu Icons

We have done some improvements in Android Menu in our latest release version 10.00.

What it includes?

These are the main features of this change

  1. We now show your app’s icon and name at top of the menu with menu color matching with action bar color.
  2. Added menu icons support

How does it look?

these are some of the screenshots to give you a glimpse

How to Manage Menu Icons?

AndroApp supports FontAwesome icons and by default we try to show the best possible icons ourselves, but obviously you might want to override those icons for some of your links.

to change the icons

  1. install Menu Icons plugin on your wordpress site, this plugin has more than 1 lakh active installs
  2. Go to Appearance->Menu from your wordpress admin dashboard
  3. Select FontAwesome under menu icon settings
  4. Select the Android App menu which you have selected in AndroApp->Configure tab
  5. Expand the menu for which you want to update the icon
  6. Click on icon: Select link
  7. Select the icon from the popup
  8. And click on Save Menu button at bottom

Note:

  • If you are using the same menu on your website, than you might want to change the menu icon settings to show/hide icons on your website
  • It might be possible that some of the icons are not supported in app, in that case, use a different icon
  • If you have a version older than 10.00 on google play store, than you need to publish a new apk  – so create a new build, test it and publish it to play store.

 

 

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Added Slideshow option

In the last release we have introduced a new post content type, i.e. Slideshow

What is this option about?

Androapp provides you the ability to load post detail page content in different ways, like pre processed, post processed, load as url already, with this new option, when a user clicks on feed image, post’s images will directly open as a slide show, like below

How to turn on this feature?

  1. login to your wordpress admin dashboard
  2. go to Androapp->Configure tab
  3. Scroll down to Post Content Type section and select slide show
  4. Select Failover post content type – if there are some images in the post than it will open the slideshow, post content will not be visible, if there are no images, than it will fail back to Failover post content type

Note:

This feature is available from App version 9.00 onwards – so if you are on the older version, you need to publish a new apk to google play store, also you should give enough time for new version to distribute among your existing users before you enable slideshow.

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AndroApp – IOS vs Android feature comparison

We have been working on IOS version of AndroApp and it will work very similar to Android version, however there will be few differences to start with

Here is the feature comparison of both IOS and Android versions

 Feature  Android  IOS
 Unlimited Push Notification  ✓  ✓
 Dynamic Expandable Menu  ✓  ✓
 Parallax Effect on featured Image on post detail page  ✓  ✓
Ads  Admob, AppNext, Mopub  Admob
 Landscape Mode  ✓  ✘
 Pull Down Refresh   ✓  ✓
 Image Save  ✓   ✓
 Offline Save  ✓  ✓
 Social Shares  ✓  ✓
 Comments  Wordpress, Facebook  Wordpress
 Splash Image  ✓  ✓
 Search  ✓  ✓
 Deep Linking  ✓  ✘
 Selective Ads Display on Screen  ✓  ✓
 Different Fonts  ✓  ✓
 Menu Icons  ✓  ✘
 Horizontal Slider Menu  ✓  ✘

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Facebook Comment Support in Android App

We rolled out a big release(8.0.0) with lots of feature on 23rd April, below are the release notes for your reference

  1. Added support for AppNext Banner Ads
  2. More control to ads, you can decide to show particular ads to show only on selected screens
  3. Moving comments icon from menu to right bottom as floating button which hides/shows on screen movement.
  4. Added Facebook comments support
  5. listview ad to work as middle ad on post screen
  6. few fixes for woocommerce app
  7. Few more bug fixes

We did 2 big changes for comments in this release (i.e. 3rd and 4th)

  1. Moved Comments icon from Action Bar to right bottom of the screen as a floating action bar

    which become transparent and ultimately disappears as you scroll the page.

comments_icon

  1. Added support for facebook comments

You need to go to AndroApp->Configure and change comments provider to facebook, and uncheck the show comments count unless you want to show wordpress comments count

androapp_enable_facebook_comments

On clicking the floating comments icon in the app, user will be taken to comments screen where facebook comments will be loaded as below

screener_20170424(23_06_02)

So, update your WordPress AndroApp plugin now and try it out. let us know the feedback on the same.

We will tell you more about other changes related to ads in our next update, stay tuned.

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New Offline Save Option

We recently released a new feature to save posts for later read in android app version 7.0.0.

What is this feature?

We received request from lot of our clients to provide an option to Save Post for offline reading.

This comes handy for your app users, who wants to save a post for later read, like a recipe or a long article. This can actually work like a Favorites too.

How to use Offline Save?

First of all update the AndroApp plugin, create a new apk, you will receive the new apk link, install this apk on your phone.

Now, when you visit a post, you will see three vertical dotted lines, click on that a new menu will pop with Save Offline option like below.

offline-save-option-for-androapp

Select the Save Offline option and your post is saved for offline read.

Now, How to see the Offline post you just saved?

You should be able to see a new option “Saved Posts” in the main menu, this is added on top OR just after the Home menu option. clicking on that will show the list of saved posts.

Internationalization and texts

What if you do not like the default text we used, for example you are having a puzzles website and you might want to show Saves Puzzles instead of Saved Posts ?

OR English is not the default language for your site/app.

You can change the texts from Androapp->Internationalization tab.

Bonus Tip: You can change the texts to Add to Favorites, Remove from Favorites, Favorite Posts and this feature will work like a Favorites feature.

Limitation:

This feature will work only for the posts with post content as pre processed or post processed.

Also, few images and scripts might not load depending on the space available on the phone.

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Parallax Effect for Featured Image

Did you try the new Androapp release for wordpress mobile app plugin yet ?

We recently released an interesting feature called parallax effect in 6.0.9 release.

What is Parallax Effect ?

it is the effect when background image moves at a different speed than the rest of the content. read more about parallax effect here.

Demo

here is the demo for one of the app

androapp_parallax_effect

try it out live by installing it from play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.androapp.storytal.c2123

How to get this feature on your app?

If you use featured images for your posts than you can install AndroApp WordPress plugin and create Android App for your wordpress blog in minutes.

If you are already using the plugin, update the wordpress plugin, create new apk, test your apk on your phone and publish this apk to google play store from developer console.

Just in case, You can enable/disable parallax effect for your mobile app from AndroApp->Configure page

control-parallax-effect-on-andropp-mobile-plugin

 

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Added Deep Linking Support

Today we added Deep linking support in our AndroApp wordpress plugin.

What is Deep Linking ?

Its an intelligent link which can dynamically decide where to open the link? If end user has your app in his mobile than the same link can be opened directly in the app. Click here to read more about deep linking.

Why should you use deep linking?

It results in more visits to your app, which is faster than the normal web browser and gives a more customized options to your user.

How do i enable deep linking in Androapp ?

Update the AndroApp plugin to 6.00 or later, Go to Look & Feel section and scroll to Deep Linking Section.

Deep linking

By default we have put “/” in the textarea, which means all of your links will be opened via app. However if you want you can selectively choose what links to be opened, enter path prefixes in one per line.

After you are done with pathprefix settings, click on generate build button, you will get a new apk link on your mail.

Deep linking will work when you click on your link on some existing web page, it will not be attempted when you directly enter your site address on web browser manually.

Once you are done with testing deep linking, publish the new apk on google play developer console.

 

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Introducing SelfPush in AndroApp Mobile app plugin for wordpress

What is SelfPush ?
It is the ability to send push notification anytime, now push notifications don’t only go for new posts, but you can even send push notification for any of your post anytime.

Why Selfpush ?
It gives you more control and more power, you can try triggering push notification at different time and see what gives you better result. some of your posts make sense on few days like festivals or any offers, you can use this at the time.

In the end, it is a tool to get more visitors on your app at no extra cost.

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