This is a mobile only widget that retrieves information about your device and mobile app. It can retrieve the following data:
- Device ID: the unique id of the device
- Device platform: the platform on which the app runs, e.g. Android/iOS/Web.
- App name: the user friendly name of app that is also displayed on your home screen and in the app store, e.g. MyAwesomeApp
- App ID: the unique identifier of your mobile app, e.g. com.mycompany.awesomeapp.
- App version: the version of your mobile app, e.g. 1.2.1.
There are several use cases for this widget:
Device based settings
The Device ID is very useful for anonymous apps in which you still want to persist data per device. By using the device ID you can store data related to the device so the next time the user opens the app on that device you can load the correct data/settings.
Differentiate the UI for Android and iOS.
Android and iOS have different design patterns and guidelines. By leveraging the platform info of this widget you can change the UI based on the platform. An example is to show a back button only on iOS because Android has a standard back button. However, you could also use it for a more differentiating UI/UX.
Multi Label Mobile Apps
Several companies want to publish multiple apps to the app stores under a different label/brand but use a single model. With this widget you can use the app identifier or name to easily determine the current label/brand of the mobile app and adjust the content and look and feel.
Mobile App Version Check
In some cases, it is important that users have downloaded the latest/right version of the mobile app from the app store. For example, when you updated a plugin because of security vulnerabilities or when your mobile app depends on a certain plugin that is recently added. By leveraging the app version, you can check whether the user has installed the correct version of the app and notify the user to download the latest version from the app store.
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