aware_support wrote:Thanks, everyone for your thoughts. I don't understand why people are saying that we don't want to be a player in the mobile field. We do. This is high on our priority list and we will be investigating issues with mobile and native for the next release (although the native technology is very messy and hard to test - if anyone can suggest a simulator for testing native, it would be appreciated).
Having said that, there is a lot of talk of Aware IM not being good enough for native mobile, but how many of you have actually attempted to create a native mobile app in Aware IM? One of our clients (a council in Sydney) have just released a native application that is working really well for the council's customers. Yes, they had to fiddle with the configuration file, but in the end their app has been accepted for the Android and iOS stores and has been very well received by the customers.
Not trying to be defensive here, but it would really help if you send us a VERY SPECIFIC descriptions(like Jaymer says) of the deficiencies in the Aware IM mobile, rather than say generic things that it's not good enough.
As per my post, building a successful AIM native mobile app is possible and I have quite a few consumers and business users making use of it. Yes, it does require some additional config and time but it works and delivers at the end of the day. My biggest concern is the fact that PhoneGap Build is no longer maintained which means we cannot use the WKWebview component, thus preventing apps being published to Apple after April
I do agree with Jaymer that offline capabilities are still important and I think the authentication via biometrics is something consumers are used but that is nice to have. I cannot say I really looked at all the options out there but Monaca does provide a simulator so you upload the zip and then run it on your phone through their mobile app to simulate and test before releasing it to their store. I am sure Ionic has a similar tool and I think their components look good.
Also, the fact that you can run a mobile app OR login in through a mobile browser and have the same interface is a win with AIM. We have some users that don't have smartphones so they access it via a browser on their phones.
Thank you for looking at this and for listing.