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Improved mobile app user experience

Valid from Pega Version 8.4

Pega Platform™ can now produce a better mobile experience through performance gains and flexible access settings. Apps now support quick-loading native worklists, smooth scrolling and swiping, and query-based search, which improve productivity for mobile users. In addition, you can make your app available to users without authentication, and enhance usability for products that do not require strict security controls.

For more information, see Securing mobile apps.

More efficient mobile development

Valid from Pega Version 8.4

The work environment for mobile app developers in Pega Platform™ is now more intuitive. Because every new out-of-the-box application now comes with a preconfigured mobile channel, you can start building mobile apps straight away. Create a mobile channel from scratch, and then customize it to include specific requirements for your new app.

The following updates enhance the process of building mobile apps:

  • Your application stores all mobile channels as rules. You can reuse these channels across all versions of your mobile apps for more convenient updates.
  • You can now configure contextual search from the mobile channel.
  • You can now create native mobile list pages for the app navigation directly from the mobile channel.
  • You can now add pages from web portals to a mobile app navigation pane, with full support for native mobile features, such as floating action buttons.
  • Mobile channels now support configuration through predefined templates, widgets, and actions.
  • You can now instantly preview your mobile channel configuration to see how the app displays on mobile devices.
  • Configuration of offline support for mobile apps is now available from a single, low-code page.
  • The preview section now offers a low-code pane, from which you can instantly start building a mobile app.
  • The mobile channel now supports adding custom iOS and Android modules.
  • Admin Studio now supports a mobile page, from which you can provide your own Mobile Build Server credentials and decide whether users need to provide authentication to download your mobile app.

Improved offline support for mobile apps

Valid from Pega Version 8.4

The updated offline mode in Pega Platform™ now reduces implementation time, enhances the development process, and helps you create a more comprehensive mobile experience for users without a reliable web connection.

The improved offline support includes the following enhancements:

  • Offline-enabled apps now use native mobile UI components, such as headers and bottom bars.
  • Offline mode now supports decision trees for improved case processing. 
  • Users can now process multiple cases simultaneously in separate offline tabs, which leads to higher productivity.
  • Offline-enabled apps now work more efficiently because of improved caching and background synchronization.

For more information, see Working with offline apps.

Mobile features deprecated in 8.4

Valid from Pega Version 8.4

Following the introduction of new functionalities for mobile apps, some features are reaching end of life. To avoid additional effort during updates to future releases, do not use deprecated features.

In the 8.4 release, the following features are no longer recommended:

  • Mobile Client 7 is now deprecated and planned for removal in 8.5. Use Pega Infinity Mobile Client to meet the mobile needs of your business.
  • The Reuse existing web portal functionality is deprecated and planned for removal in 8.5. For improved app performance and more efficient development, use the mobile app builder in the mobile channel. Also, you must convert existing projects to use separate channels for mobile and web portals before upgrading to 8.5.

In addition, the Pega Mobile Express app has been removed from app stores and replaced with the Pega Mobile Preview app.

Improved capability to attach content in offline-enabled applications

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

The feature for attaching content in applications while in offline mode has been enhanced. A list of attached content is displayed in the application while in offline mode. You can view or delete attachments if the application has not yet been synchronized with the server. You also can change the maximum size of a file that you can attach while working in offline mode. This option gives you the flexibility to select the right size of attachment for a specific application for performance, memory limitation, or security reasons.

For more information, see Attach content support in offline mode.

Fingerprint authentication in Pega Mobile Client

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

The authentication feature in Pega Mobile Client has been extended to support user credentials that are secured by a fingerprint reader. The FingerprintAuthenticator object and its methods replace the TouchID API. A compatibility layer has been created to support custom mobile apps that use the deprecated API. This functionality is available on iOS and selected Android devices.

For more information, see Authentication API.

Enhancement to the error and warning handling JavaScript API

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

During offline post processing of a flow in an application, you can now use the ClientCache JavaScript API to handle informational and warning messages in addition to error messages. Several ClientCache API JavaScript functions have been updated for this purpose. Informational, warning, and error messages are displayed when you submit a form, but only error messages prevent you from advancing the case.

For more information, refer to Error and warning handling API in offline mode.

New customization options for paused custom mobile apps on Android

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

You can now customize the presentation of a paused custom mobile app for Android. You can upload a custom status bar icon and customize the title and message that are displayed in the device's notification area. Also, you can use a new optional parameter of the startKeepAlive method of the Pega Mobile Client's Container API as an alternative way of setting the notification title.

For more information, see Customizing the paused Android app notification.

Support for round icons in Android 7.1 mobile apps

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

To improve the look and feel of Android mobile apps, round icons are now supported in apps that are created for Android 7.1. You can add the icons to the assets.zip file during the customization stage when you build the app in the Pega® Platform.

For more information, see Branding mobile apps.

Today widget for iOS custom mobile apps

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

The Pega Mobile Client has been extended to support a Today widget in custom mobile apps for iOS. By default, the Today widget displays the current user's list of work objects. This functionality is available only for offline-enabled custom mobile apps and requires that your certificate set include a widget provisioning file.

For more information, see Configuring a Today widget on iOS.

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