Sending email directly from your mobile application might be critical at some point in time. You may want to create an easy outlet for users to send you feedback about your app without having to sift through your website. Using the Apache Cordova plugin, Email Composer, you can easily send email from Android and iOS with IonicFramework.
Many APIs such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook require Oauth in order to use. This can get tricky when it comes to mobile because authorization must happen externally in a web browser. To our advantage, we can handle Oauth 2.0 using the InAppBrowser plugin for Apache Cordova.
Basic instructions on using the InAppBrowser with IonicFramework can be found in one of my earlier blog posts. If you’re looking to use Oauth in an Ionic 2 application, visit here, otherwise proceed with Ionic Framework 1.
I recently found myself needing to launch external URLs with IonicFramework. I needed to let my users contact me via my personal website or visit my Twitter page. This is not a task that ends well when trying to execute from an Ionic view. Luckily, with a little help from the Apache Cordova plugin InAppBrowser, I was able to accomplish the task with very little effort. The best part is that it works for iOS and Android with the same code set.
If you’re using Ionic 2, a special version of this article can be found here. Otherwise enjoy this writeup for Ionic Framework 1.
When making an API app or any app that requires authentication it is critical to have a solid sign-in process. A good way to handle user sign-in with IonicFramework is to make use of the already included ui-router module. The idea behind this is to route between sign in and protected screens as necessary.
Apple and Google don’t offer much in terms of analytics after an app has been downloaded. Google will take it a step further than Apple and show how many devices have the app installed rather than just downloads, but nothing in terms of usage. To use Google Analytics with IonicFramework, not much is required.
Having your mobile application generate some kind of revenue is usually critical. Not many people want to spend endless hours slaving over an app without some kind of profit. Luckily, using IonicFramework with Apache Cordova device APIs in addition to a nifty and easy to use Admob plugin, you can take full advantage of Google Admob in your cross platform application.
If you’re using Ionic 2, you should visit the revised tutorial I wrote to accommodate the Angular 2 differences. Otherwise, continue for Ionic Framework 1 and AngularJS.
Coming from native Android and SQLite, the concept of universal data storage on local devices has been different. Apache Cordova and IonicFramework, being as awesome as they are, support HTML5 local storage calls. This allows us to store and retrieve data without the use or knowledge of SQL and on any platform we plan to use.
When creating a mobile app, specifically one that makes heavy use of the internet, it is often necessary to make sure an internet connection exists at launch and possibly display a message or perform an action if one does not exist.
The following is for an Ionic Framework 1 application. If you’re using Ionic 2, you will want to check here.