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

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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.

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.

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

 

Migrate Existing Push Notification from GCM to Firebase

If your push notification is setup with Google Cloud messaging and its working, than for the new androapp apk (version 6.0.4 onwards) you have to migrate your existing GCM app to firebase, so that your existing customers remains intact.

Follow these steps to migrate

  1.  go to https://console.firebase.google.com/
  2. Click on or import a Google Projectscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-9-29-35-am
  3. Select the relevant project from the list
  4. And click on Add Firebase
  5. Now continue from step 4 from this article

How to Setup Firebase Cloud Messaging

Google recently moved most of its services(like analytics, cloud messaging etc.) to firebase platform, they say firebase has more functionality and performance. so going forward they will support only firebase applications.

So we at Androapp are also migrating to firebase for push notifications.

If you had setup google cloud messaging earlier for your app, than you have to migrate your existing project to firebase, click here for the instruction on how to migrate.

Continue here for setting up a fresh firebase project for push notifications.

  1. Go to https://console.firebase.google.com
  2. Click on Create New Project button
  3. Fill up the name and select the region, click on Create Project buttonscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-1-53-56-pm
  4. Click on Add Firebase to your android appscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-9-30-07-am
  5. Give the package name, you can get this value in your first email from androapp
  6. Leave the signing certificate SHA-1 field empty and click on Add Appscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-1-57-24-pm
  7. At this moment, your browser must have downloaded a file with name google-services.json
  8. open that file, it will look like thisscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-1-59-04-pm
  9. Copy the project number from the file to Google Project Number field in AndroApp Account Settings Tab. it will be a number like this: 934357342944
  10. Copy the mobilesdk_app_id value from the file to Google App id textbox in Account Settings Tab. it will look like this: 1:370901340170:android:ce70542cdae49cac
  11. Click on Continue and Finish in next screens.
  12. go to the mobile app you just created and click on the 3 dot menu and select Manage optionscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-2-02-49-pm
  13. Go to cloud messaging tab and copy the api key to Google Api Key textbox in AndroApp Account Settings tab.(this is different from what you see in google-services.json, you have to enter the server key from this screen to google api key textbox in AndroApp Settings page and not from google-services.json file)screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-2-03-29-pm
  14. You are done !!

 

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.

 

Promote Your Android App – 4

You might like like to checkout Promote Your Android App Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 as well.

Google play store rating plays an important role in your app’s download, more number of ratings you have, google will give more preference to your app for play store listing.

But users might note rate your app until we ask them, So ask your users to rate your app on playstore.

One easy way to do this is to add Rate Us link in the app menu

  1. Go to Appearance->Menu
  2. Select your app’s menu from the dropdown(the one you selected in AndroApp Configure tab)
  3. Select Custom Links from the left side, put your app’s link in the url, ex: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.puzzlersworld.android
  4. and Rate Us on PlayStore in Link text.
  5. Click Add to Menu and than Save Menu buttons

Check out your app, just restart it to see the new menu option similar to the image below

Rate us on playstore menu option

On the click of the menu option, it will open your app’s playstore page where user can rate your app.

app playstore page

You can also add the rate our app link below the post text for app by following this article.

Now you will start getting the ratings and reviews for your app, but don’t just leave it there, in general it is a good practice to reply to your users comments frequently, that way your readers will feel more engaged.

 

 

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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How to Add Shortcode in AndroApp Post Page

If you want to add any shortcode for posts on your androapp mobile app than you can do so by adding below code in your themes functions.php

add_filter( 'json_prepare_post','androapp_overwrite_content', 11, 3 );

function androapp_overwrite_content($data, $post_array, $context) {
	
     $textToBeAdded = do_shortcode("[related_post_shortcode]");
     $data['pwapp_post_content'] = $data['pwapp_post_content'].$textToBeAdded;
		
     return $data;
}

If you want to use post id or some other information you can use $post and $data objects, see below example to use post id
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