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You can send a notification message to native iOS and Android App Catalog users to advertise or alert them to application changes, request an action, or share any information that will help optimize the App Catalog experience. There are two types of notifications:

  • Group: A group notification goes to all members of a group who have a native App Catalog (iOS or Android) installed on their devices. Group notifications can only be sent by users with the Administrator or User Manager role.
      
  • Application: An application notification goes to all native App Catalog (iOS or Android) users who have installed the app on their devices. Application notifications can only be sent by users with the Administrator role.

Users do not need to be logged in to the App Catalog to receive a notification message, although they must have previously logged in to the App Catalog at least once. Users running a web App Catalog can't receive notifications.

EASE sends notification messages as push notifications. The following examples show messages sent to a group and received on both iOS and Android devices. Note that users can set the behavior of push notifications for apps installed on their devices, so the experience may vary based on the settings they made for the App Catalog. For example, users on devices running iOS 5.0 or higher can choose an Alert instead of Banner alert style so that the initial message displays in a popup alert dialog rather than a banner at the top of the screen. Users on both Android and iOS platforms can choose to disable notifications.

When a user views a notification message outside of the App Catalog (in a banner, alert dialog, or the Notification Center), the message displays the name of the App Catalog in the header to indicate the app from which the notification is sent. With application notifications, it also prefaces the message with the name of the app to provide context for the content of the message. The following example shows messages displayed in the Notification Center on an iPad.

When a user logs into the App Catalog to view the complete message, group notifications display a "Group Notification" header and application notifications display an "Application Notification" header and preface the message with the name of the app.