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For a while now we’ve been using Apple’s enterprise device app distribution mechanism.
This allows you to have a user, click on a URL on their iOS device and it pulls down a new version of an enterprise app. of of our servers.
Its really nice, have a look at -
I’ve embedded this, into a check on application launch, that a web-service is called to detect a newer version of the software is available. It then calls the URL to the App and a new version is deployed.
You can alert users that a new App update is available by sending them a push notification. See screenshot at the top.
We send our push notifications out to users, using a simple C# service. The fun part is this. You can instruct the push notification to play a sound (embedded in the app already).
So our push notification’s play a random farmyard noise, i.e from a selection of -
monkey.wav – left field I know
Imagine my amusement being able to periodically send out an update and watch our office (of about 60 people) turn into farm for a few seconds.
I’ve messed up a few times, with people being interrupted on customer conference calls, but people seem good humoured about it. (so far)