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.