We’re excited to announce a collection of significant updates that our team has been working on over the past few months. This includes upgrades to security, speed, design as well as a slew of new features!
Most of these features will be rolled out to your app in the next few weeks. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
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In addition to the standard “Home” and “Menu” tab, you can now add up to 3 custom tabs, highlighting the very best features on your app. You can also enable tab labels if you wish. If you enable custom tabs, your notification tab will move to the top-right corner of your home and menu screens.
Custom module icons
You can now change the icon of any installed module – simply choose from our collection of 12,000 icons, or upload your own.
Enhanced cover photos
You can now upload as many cover photos as you like, and users can swipe between them. Cover photos can also link to internal or external content.
New menu layout
We’ve rolled out a new “list style” menu layout. It works great with custom tabs.
You can now opt to have your apps published under your own Apple / Google developer accounts, i.e. your apps will appear to be published by “Your Organisation”, not Oikos. This is highly recommended, as it will help to insulate your app from upcoming changes in the App Store.
You can now choose a custom domain for your webapp, e.g. “myorgapp.com”, or “app.myorg.com”. Users log-in directly to your app, with no Oikos or third-party branding.
Changes & Updates
We’ve re-written your app from scratch to use the latest web technologies. This boosts security and improves performance, especially on older devices. It also allows for faster iteration and feature development by our team, and trusted third party developers.
We’re expanding our global datacenter presence from 3 (Singapore, London, and New York) to 25 worldwide. This will make your app ultra fast, no matter where your users live.
Search is now improved, returning up to 1000 relevant results for each query.
Your app will be updated with design tweaks to keep your app fresh as well as increase usability. Our new design increases contrast on screens, employs typographical improvements and a renewed focus on UIX.
Simpler item options
The edit and delete buttons that were previously on the bottom right of the item page has now been tucked into the item option button. You can access these options by clicking on the triple dot “item menu” at the top right of your screen. Access controls are still in effect – so only people with permission to edit or delete the items will be able to do so.
90+ new languages
We’re professionally translating the platform into 25 new languages. You can also select from over 95 computer-translated languages, which you can tweak to suit your needs.
We have changed the Oikos Module Store to help you navigate our growing number of modules and select the modules most relevant to your organisation. You will now be able to view the most popular modules, browse the entire store by categories and view added information tags.
All customers (even those on the shared Oikos app) will soon receive custom-branded Windows and Mac apps, free of charge.
Offline support is being rolled out over the next few months. At first, your users will be able to read/watch/listen to content offline, with options to create/edit/delete offline coming later in the year.
If you run a large organisation, you might be interested in our new “Umbrella App” service, which allows you to publish multiple apps within one parent app. Each child app can still have its own admin, settings, and features.
When will these features be rolled out to my app?
You can already experience many of these features through your web app at https://www.oikos.com/webapp. Your iOS and Android apps will receive an upgrade at some point in March 2018 (for an exact date, contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do my users need to do anything?
Yes. Because this is a significant update, users will be prompted to update their apps from the iOS / Android store. If they do not wish to update immediately, they can continue to use their existing app until April 30th, after which they will be required to update.
Please note: many of our new features are not visible to users until they upgrade.
Are there any additional fees?
Most of our new features are available at no additional cost to our existing customers. Umbrella Apps and Custom Publisher Accounts require significant additional work, so for organisations that select these, additional fees may apply.
What should I be aware of?
In order to ensure the best experience for the majority of users, we have decided to end support for Android 4.x and iOS 8.x (and lower) devices. This represents approximately 1% of our global user base. While we regret that these users will no longer be able to use your iOS / Android native apps, this move allows us to provide the best experience for the majority 99%. Users on such devices will still be able to access app content through up-to-date web browsers and our new desktop apps.
In addition, please remember that many of our new features (e.g. custom tabs) will only appear to users after updating their apps.
Who can I contact for help?
Feel free to email us at email@example.com