Friday May 03, 2013

Why should you move to 11.1.2.4?

Hi, everyone:

It's great to see our engineering team has come through and delivered a bunch of new functionality in just a few month, since the release of ADF Mobile 11.1.2.3 in late October of last year.  As Shay blogged about the new features in the previous entry, there are plenty of reasons to move to the new version.  Many of developers in the ADF Mobile community has been looking for ways to push real time notification to ADF Mobile applications, or looking for ways to properly display file content on both iOS and Android devices.  11.1.2.4 now provides these functionality.

One great fact about the new push notification support is that native capabilities are used.  This means you would leverage Apple Push Notification Service or Google Cloud Messaging Service to push notification to ADF Mobile applications.  There is no proprietary or specialized messaging application you would need to implement - you can directly communicate with these push notification services with any backend servers.

File display support is critical for any application that needs to display file content.  In the 11.1.2.3 version of ADF Mobile, you would leverage a LocalHTML feature to display files on iOS devices, but there is no solution for Android.  If your application needs to display file content such as PDF or Word document, you should migrate to 11.1.2.4.

Another great feature is "Application Archive" support.  This is a great re-usability feature for ISV or SI partners - partners can simply create an application archive that includes all application artifacts and re-use the application in different engagements.  For each individual customer, the SI partner or customer themselves can extend the application archive with new functionality, and deploy it within their enterprise.  This is also needed if the customer needs to sign the application with their own certificates and profiles, as needed by most third party Mobile Application Management packages.

Lastly, there are numerous performance enhancements  - for example enhancements around ListView performance.  

Instruction for migrating an application to 11.1.2.4 is documented in the Migration Section of the ADF 11.1.2.4 Release Note.

However, there are also a few other important reason to move to 11.1.2.4 now - please review these carefully and see if they apply to you:

  • Apple has stated that, as of May 1st, 2013, all apps submitted to the app store must properly support the iPhone 5 form factor.  iPhone 5's screen size is 1136x680 pixels with a 16:9 ratio, where as previous iPhone screen size is 960x680 pixels with 4:3 ratio.  Similar to all apps developed before iPhone 5 was released, ADF Mobile apps developed using 11.1.2.3 would be displayed in letter-boxed format.  This no longer meets the updated Apple UI Guidelines.  Therefore, if you are planning to submit an ADF Mobile application to the Apple AppStore, you must move to 11.1.2.4, which has proper support for the iPhone 5 form factor.
  • 11.1.2.4 also adds support for iPad mini - allowing you to specify icons and splash screen for iPad Mini.
  • If you wish to test using iOS6 simulators that comes with Xcode 4.5 and above, then you must move to 11.1.2.4.  There is a known issue with application unable to rotate even if the device is rotated.
  • JDeveloper and ADF Mobile 11.1.2.4 have been certified to work with more recent mobile SDKs (i.e. Xcode 4.5/iOS 6 and latest Android development tools/SDK).  Therefore, if you wish to use these new SDKs, you should move to 11.1.2.4.
  • There are many bugs fixed in 11.1.2.4 - if you are currently encountering any bugs in 11.1.2.3 version of ADF Mobile, check out this list of bug fixed.

On behalf of the entire ADF Mobile development team, we would like to THANK YOU for your continued support of ADF Mobile.  We would definitely like to hear from you.

Joe Huang


How to solve "Failed to locate the Google Cloud Messaging" in ADF Mobile deployment

If you are trying to deploy to an Android device with the new Oracle ADF Mobile 11.1.2.4 release there is a good chance that you'll run into a situation where your deployment will fail with the message -

Failed to locate the Google Cloud Messaging for Android Library file named "gcm.jar"


Don't worry this is quite easy to resolve. All you need to do is download and install the "Google Cloud Messaging for Android Library" from the "Extras" section of your Android SDK Manager application.

Your android environment now requires that part because the new Oracle ADF Mobile support notification through the Google Cloud Messaging.

Once you download that addition you should be able to deploy without any problems.


New Oracle ADF Mobile 11.1.2.4 is Available

We are happy to announce the new version of Oracle ADF Mobile - 11.1.2.4 - which is available for download as an extension to the new Oracle JDeveloper 11.1.2.4 from OTN.

For mobile developers this release adds some key new features as well as an update to the underling architecture.

You can catch a quick video about the new features here.

Here are some of the highlights of this release:

Push Notification - Your ADF Mobile application can now register to receive notifications through both the Apple and Google notification services.

Badging - Related to the notification feature for iOS application we now support the little overlay icon on the application icon that indicate new messages received by the application.

Display files - new device feature method let you show files as part of your application - with iOS devices this will open the preview for the files.

Application Archive Packaging - you can now package your application and deliver it to your customer - they can then sign it with their certificate and distribute it through their own channels. Very useful for ISVs building mobile products.

Apache Cordova 2.2. Support - we upgraded from phonegap to the open source Cordova 2.2 solution for device feature integration. This opens more options for device integration with newer interfaces.

Mobile SDKs update - we updated the extension to support the latest Android and iOS SDKs.

We hope you'll find the new features useful in your mobile development projects.

Let us know what you think.



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