Boxcar Android SDK 4.0.0

Boxcar SDK for Android v.4.0.0 has been released.

This version updates it’s dependencies to use the latest Firebase Cloud Messaging libraries, Android SDK and build tools along with bugfixes and improvements.

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Boxcar iOS SDK 1.1.2

Boxcar Framework for iOS v.1.1.2 has been released.

It is build to support running the packaged application in the simulator as well as on the device. Push is not supported on the simulator, but it should make testing application in various context easier.

The new SDK is available in developer download area.




New statistics tool to monitor your projects at Boxcar for Developers

We have released a new set of graphic charts on Boxcar Console to monitor the evolution of your projects. In this post, we explain the basic features and how to use this new tool.

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Migrate your Parse apps to Boxcar

In a recent blog post Parse has announced the retirement of its service. This action is in turn complemented with the provision of exporting tools and the open source release of the Parse Server implementation. However, according to the details about data exporting, Parse Server does not implement any push notification functionality and they recommend migrating to a different push provider.

If you are interested in a SaaS platform to keep feeding your existing Parse-based applications with push notifications, we are here at Boxcar willing to help as we did already with our ZeroPush migration tools.

You can sign up and start using our service. You can also read more details about our service here or look at our specific documents for Boxcar Publisher API, Developer Console and mobile SDKs.

If you need help just contact us and our team will guide you to migrate your existing mobile applications!.




Android SDK 3.1.2 released

We have just released Boxcar Android SDK version 3.1.2. This version improves functionality and usability for the application developer, making it more flexible for specific scenarios. It also upgrades Android and Google library dependencies and reduces code size.

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Boxcar iOS SDK 1.1.1

Boxcar Framework for iOS v.1.1.1 has been updated for iOS 9.

The most noticeable change for developers is that you can now enable bitcode support for your application.

Bitcode support allows embedding intermediate code in your application, that will let Apple optimize the app on their server when new hardware are released.

The new SDK is available in developer download area.




Take your Android app to the next Push level

Last 17th August we did receive the news about the first official release of Android 6.0, codenamed “Marshmallow”. This milestone includes several new features and improvements for both final users and developers. One of the most interesting aspects is the new set of power saving optimizations (or constraints, if you look at them as a developer) which raises the bar of future applications. With this recent move, remote notifications (pushes) will become essential for the success of long running applications.

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New Boxcar Android SDK 3.0.1 and 2.0.5 released

We have just released new versions of the Boxcar Android SDK. Version 3.0.1 includes a new feature while the 2.0.5 version adds an important bugfix.

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New Boxcar Android SDK 3.0.0 and SDK 2.0.4 released

We have just released a new version of the Boxcar SDK for Android devices. More documentation about how to use it can be found here.

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Writing web apps for Google Chrome using Boxcar Push Services

With the recent announcement of push notification support on Google Chrome for Android devices a new horizon of web applications is emerging. Even if both push and notification drafts are still going through continuous changes, we have published a beta version of our Boxcar SDK for Google Chrome browsers.

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Radio, News and Sport notifications on a huge scale at the BBC - SeaBeyond 2014

Mickaël Rémond explains how the BBC have been using large scale push notification service Boxcar to distribute radio content, breaking news and sport football alerts on a huge scale.

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Boxcar Android SDK v2.0.3 and v1.1.0.15

We have released new minor versions for both Android Boxcar SDK v2 and v1.1.

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How Realtime and Alerts Enhance the same day Hotel Booking Experience - SeaBeyond 2014

Sébastien Houzé from VeryLastRoom gives an overview of their same-day hotel booking platform. He then explains how ProcessOne-Boxcar platform help them improve the relationship with the customer through in-app messaging.

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Widgets and Watches support with Boxcar Developer Platform – SeaBeyond 2014 Video

Mickaël Rémond shows how Boxcar Developer platform is going to merge push notifications and mobile widget state display into a single consistent platform.

He then explains how this feature can directly support both Android Wear and Apple Watch.

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Push Based Mobile Support Chat – SeaBeyond 2014 Video

Mickaël Rémond introduces how push and XMPP chat can work together to build a seamless mobile only chat support service.

This platform leverages two core skills of ProcessOne: XMPP and Push expertise.

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Boxcar Developer Push Workshops – SeaBeyond 2014 Video

In this Boxcar Developer Push Workshop, Mickaël Rémond explains how to integrate mobile push notifications using Boxcar Developer Platform.

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Web Push Notifications with Websockets – SeaBeyond 2014 Video

Here is the recording of Christophe Romain’s talk on the WebSockets feature we are adding in our Boxcar Developer Push platform.

We add web push to our push service and are compliant with all pubnub libraries.

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Boxcar Android SDK 2.0.2

Boxcar Framework v.2.0.2 makes the following changes:

  • Implement local tag subscription clean-up: On device registration, we now get the list of tags that are valid and list of tags that are deprecated. The SDK process the reply and only stores the tags that were reported as valid. On the other hand, the registration event informs which tags were signaled as ‘deprecated’ and ‘valid’ by the server.
  • PROGUARD processing: disable code optimization as this could case problems on ART devices

The new SDK is available in developer download area.




Boxcar Android SDK 1.1.0.14

Boxcar Framework v.1.1.0.14 makes the following changes:

  • Implement local tag subscription clean-up: On device registration, we now get the list of tags that are valid and list of tags that are deprecated. The SDK process the reply and only stores the tags that were reported as valid. On the other hand, the registration event informs which tags were signaled as ‘deprecated’ and ‘valid’ by the server.
  • PROGUARD processing: disable code optimization as this could case problems on ART devices

The new SDK is available in developer download area.




Boxcar Android SDK 1.1.0.13

Boxcar Framework v.1.1.0.13 makes the following changes:

  • Update and fix javadoc references
  • Fix SecurityExceptions thrown by com.drippler.android.updates/.utils.openudid.OpenUDIDService on Samsung Galaxy S4 devices.
  • Support for notification actions
  • Fix problem losing previous state after app upgrade when version doesn’t change
  • Support for BigImage notifications
  • Use ping only to track application activity
  • Minor bugfixes

The new SDK is available in developer download area.




Boxcar Android SDK 2.0.1

Boxcar Framework v.2.0.1 makes the following changes:

  • Support for notification actions
  • Fix problem losing previous state after app upgrade when version doesn’t change
  • Support for BigImage notifications
  • Use ping only to track application activity
  • Minor bugfixes

The new SDK is available in developer download area.




Boxcar Phonegap - Cordova Push plugin updated

Boxcar Phonegap - Cordova Push plugin has been updated.

This is an update to support iOS 8 API changes for push notifications.

The SDK is also improved to support latest Boxcar API features, like sound notification handling and support for silent notifications.

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APNS infrastructure changes

Apple announced yesterday that they are going to perform changes on their push notification service on October, 29th. Here is what you need to know about the upgrade operation.

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Boxcar Phonegap 1.0.3

Boxcar Phonegap - Cordova SDK 1.0.3 has been released.

This is a minor improvement that grant easy access to the extra variables (metadata) you can pass in push notifications.

You can download that version from Boxcar Developer Download Area.




What's new in push - October 2014

This is our first newsletter on push notifications technologies and we hope to bring you high-value content. Do no hesitate to send us your feedback to let us know what topics you are interested in.

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New Boxcar Android SDK 2

We have just released a new version of the Boxcar SDK for Android devices. More documentation about how to use it can be found here.

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Using notification sounds on iOS and Android

When implementing a push solution it is critical to think about all the small details that will make your app be more usable and stand out.

We have often seen that customizing notification sound for iOS or Android apps is often simply ignored. When this happen, the application will use the default sound, which is often the same than the sound of SMS received.

For your users, this is a great cause of confusion that lead to action to solve their issue:

  • They may disable sound just because they cannot know if this the alert they just had is a sound coming from your app or is a new message.
  • They may disable push totally, removing potentially important features to your application.
  • They may also decide that your app is annoying and uninstall the application.

This article will help you implement custom sound for push notification in your application.

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Boxcar iOS SDK 1.1.0 released with iOS 8 support

Boxcar Framework v.1.1.0 has been released.

It is now compliant with iOS 8 (as well as previous iOS version from 6.1) and XCode 6.0. The new SDK fix the deprecation and message log errors related to push notification approval on iOS 8.

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Phonegap - Cordova SDK documentation update

We just release Boxcar Phonegap Cordova plugin in version 1.0.2. The main change are related to improvements in documentation. We also added an example project that could help you get up and running quicker.

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Publisher API endpoint to cancel running pushes

The publisher API allows you send push notifications and send you back the push_id of the push being processed.

For long running pushes, it was frustrating that you could not cancel it while it was running. It was specially relevant if you made a mistake or typo in the push being send to million of devices.

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