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  • Transforming simple App to mobile

    I have a "simple" app, consisting of one UX with a few list controls.
    It's for drivers that get their scheduled reservations in a list, and can just click when they pickup/dropoff passengers or when they arrive to specific locations.
    Currently i gave the the a5w address, they login then see their reservations.
    The data is a MariaDB DB which is constantly synced with their Backend ( an old VFP application that runs the rosters for all drivers ).
    They started using it, and they like it very much, but they have many requests that would first need to go native ( they all use Android )
    - Assuming a driver loads the app and sees his reservations, and there is a new one for him, they need some notification to popup telling them there is a new reservation
    - I would like to add some Geolocation tracking so when they arrive to the airport (their final destination) i could automatically update the driver's status

    Checked Alpha Anywhere documentation, but some stuff seems ambiguous. For instance the in the documentation they say the geolocation plugin is limited to ios, while checking in the cordova/phonegap websites it should also work for Android

    So what should i do? Use Phonegap build to manage through the default phonegap app builders in AA, or should i use the CLI ?
    Do i have to use pushwoosh for my notifications to the drivers, or is there some other way to achieve that?

    Many thanks
    Last edited by WindForce; 12-01-2019, 10:41 AM.

  • #2
    Re: Transforming simple App to mobile

    Geolocation has worked for Android, IOS and IPADOS. We are currently using on several apps created using PhoneGap. Also, you don't have to use pushwoosh as there are several other providers out there, including just using a regular smtp mail account (to send email and/or sms).


    • #3
      Re: Transforming simple App to mobile

      just be glad they all use android, because iOS is a real pain in the butt to be starting from scratch
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      • #4
        Re: Transforming simple App to mobile

        Thanks Sean
        I wasn't talking about sending sms or emails, but rather either raise a notification in the phone when the driver receives a new ride and also raise a popup message if he receives the ride while using the app


        • #5
          Re: Transforming simple App to mobile

          ...and also what did you use to build the Android apk, phonegap build or phonegap cli?


          • #6
            Re: Transforming simple App to mobile

            I'm not sure that your app would require the complexity you'll encounter with Phonegap CLI... and I can't really see why you'd need it.

            Phonegap Build should give you what you need.

            The background geolocation plugin you are referring to is, I think, cordova.background-geolocation-lt. You must be specific about these things. The Alpha doc was written in 2017 and Alpha rarely updates their terrible doc. It's possible Android was added after... but... using this plugin under Android requires a license fee.

            There is another plugin... @mauron85/cordova-plugin-background-geolocation - which does not require an Android license fee... so have a look at that... but read the doc carefully.

            What reason would you have for not using Alpha and Phonegap Build?

            Same question regarding Pushwoosh (or similar service). If you want notifications, then you must use a service that provides that.


            • #7
              Re: Transforming simple App to mobile

              Of course i would prefer to use Phonegap build with Alpha, it's just that i was confused to think i would need the CLI if i wanted to use the geolocation plugin.
              I will look at your suggestions, many thanks David


              • #8
                Re: Transforming simple App to mobile

                I wouldn't think so. As long as a plugin is for Phonegap Build, then it will be ok. Plugins for Phongap or Cordova will not work most of the time in Phonegap Build.