Using An Oauth 2.0 Service 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.

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EZ Analytics for Android Released

I am pleased to announce my first Unity3D plugin is now available for download.  EZ Analytics for Android offers Unity3D developers a native solution for Google Analytics with as little as two lines of code.

Features

  • Easy implementation
  • Well documented
  • Great support
  • Track views / screens / scenes
  • Send event information such as button clicks or gestures
  • Send social event information such as Facebook likes or Twitter tweets
  • Track transaction information

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Download Remote Files Without A Browser In Android

There is often a scenario where you need to download files from a server onto the Android device.  This needs to be done without forcing the user to launch a web browser and have interaction as some of the downloaded data might be private.  Let’s use the scenario where you’ve made a game and you have in-app purchases.  You want to keep the size of the game small for everyone so you decide to put the purchase items on your server.  When a user purchases an item then the item will be downloaded in the background.  This is a perfect usage example.

For purposes of the tutorial we will be staying simple.  We will be downloading a remote image in the background and then displaying it when it has finished downloading.

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Launch External URLs with IonicFramework

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.

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Using Polymer With Apache Cordova

Making great mobile applications used to require a certain type of skill, but with the latest technologies you don’t need much more than basic web design knowledge.  With the aid of Apache Cordova, developers can make native API calls directly from JavaScript functions.  Pair this with a front-end framework like Adobe PhoneGap or my current favorite, IonicFramework, and you can create stunning mobile applications with no more than CSS and HTML skills.

However, I recently discovered Polymer, a project by Google, and it looks pretty slick.  The best part is you can easily use Polymer with Apache Cordova to create a native mobile application.

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Using Google Analytics With IonicFramework

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.

There is a convenient plugin created for Apache Cordova by Dan Wilson called simply Google Analytics Plugin.  With a bit of adjusting we can easily use it with AngularJS.

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Using Admob With IonicFramework

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.

To use Admob with IonicFramework we will be using the floatinghotpot Cordova plugin.

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.

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