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White Label Mobile Apps and Android App Beta

Posted by Mat B , 27 June 2011 · 6,474 views

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Around this time last year, we unveiled the IP.Board Communities app for iPhones. Since then, many community owners have told us that they would like to be able to offer this application customized for their forum, with their own branding.

To meet this need, we introduced the White Label Mobile Applications service, and the response has been overwhelming!

So you can see what the white label applications can do for you, we'll take you through two of our customers' apps.


eFestivals Forum

eFestivals is a UK-based website all about festivals, with an unparalleled store of festival news, guides, and ticket information.


eFestivals Forums is an example of a basic white labeled application, which you can check out on the App Store.

White label applications allow you to change the colors and images on the login screen to match your own branding, making the app more reflective of your community.

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Like the generic IP.Board Communities app, a white label app like this one uses the mobile skin, allowing advanced customization without a single change to the application.

Also like the IP.Board Communities app, iPad is fully supported, and displays using the full skin for better use of the larger screen size

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Volvospeed Connect

Volvospeed is a community where you can find reviews, guides,technical information and discussions about anything Volvo.

When Volvospeed came to us, they asked if we could make a single application offering unified access to all their communities. The answer is- yes!

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With this application, a user can log into every forum in the list with the same user name and password, almost as if it were one forum. iPad is again fully supported.

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Pricing and Availability

The white label mobile applications are available now! You can purchase this service right from your client area by clicking New Purchase, then selecting "Services" and "White-Label Mobile Applications", or you can read more about it first.


Future Plans

We have lots of ideas to improve the attractiveness of the white-label option, and will continue to improve it. In the near future, white label apps will gain the ability to take advantage of push notifications among other great features.


Android App

On a similar topic, one of the first questions we were asked when the original iPhone application was released last year was: will there be an Android app?

The answer is, again, yes! We're pleased to announce that you can now get involved in testing of the Android application in our pre-release testing forum!


Easy login to all your IP.Board Communities

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Like the iPhone application, you can add a list of all the IP.Board communities you visit, and save your username/password for easy one-tap access.


Uses standard mobile skin

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The app uses your standard mobile skin when browsing the forum. This allows your members to have a consistent experience across all the mobile devices they use, and allowing you to customize it to your liking.


Sharing

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Android offers a robust and full-featured content sharing system, which we have integrated. This means you can share your content any way your device allows, whether that be by email, SMS, tweet, or any other way you can think of!


And much more!

As we are in the beta stages, not everything is finished yet… but once ready it will have the same options your iPhone members already enjoy –sharing pictures to IP.Gallery, status updates, push notifications*, and more!

*push notifications will require IP.Board 3.2 to operate


Pricing and Availability

We are hoping to have the final release available with or near the release of IP.Board 3.2. You'll be pleased to hear that the Android application continues to be free to your members. The white label option is also available, allowing you to have your own custom iPhone and Android application, offered with your branding to your own members.


Future Ideas

We have lots of great ideas to improve this app and will continue to do so, and we invite you to submit your own ideas for consideration. We may not reply to all feedback, but rest assured we do read and consider it!

We invite you to head over to the pre-release testing forum, download the app and give it a try! It's beta, so you may encounter some bugs, missing features, or features you'd like to see done differently. Please don't hesitate to report to the bug tracker or post to our feedback forum anything that comes to mind!

And now, I'll just leave you with this little teaser...

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This is amazing, cannot wait until this comes out. I've been longing for an app for my android, it would make accessing forums that I frequently use so much easier. Does the White Label Mobile Applications service cost extra, and is it similar to the vBulletin mobile suite?
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Ryan Ashbrook
Jun 27 2011 09:32 AM

This is amazing, cannot wait until this comes out. I've been longing for an app for my android, it would make accessing forums that I frequently use so much easier. Does the White Label Mobile Applications service cost extra, and is it similar to the vBulletin mobile suite?


You can read more about the White Label apps here: http://www.invisionp.../whitelabel.php
$250 then $100 per year ? I would love the service if my forum was more active, for big sites with thousands of active members who would buy it. Great idea.
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Benj Benj Benj
Jun 27 2011 12:22 PM
do these apps allow you to add attachments to posts? right from the phone?
Fantastic! Two apps, both branded, wonderful. :)
I was among the first to purchase the white labe service.... still waiting for my iPhone app months later.
i hope it works w/Tracker..not to mention your flagship apps.

still waiting for my iPhone app months later.


Same here I have emailed Mat to his email few times recently and I haven't heard anything yet. You just have to be patient. :)
Approximately how long does it take for the product to be delivered after payment is made?

I was among the first to purchase the white labe service.... still waiting for my iPhone app months later.



Unfortunately, early adopters were struck by an issue with getting approval from Apple, which I'm confident we've finally managed to resolve. We're deploying a couple of trial customers with the latest version (not even seen in the official IPS mobile app yet) which once approved will be rolled out to all the existing white label customers. We don't envisage this issue coming up again, and in fact our recent change to requiring you to have your own account if you don't already have a request in is to mitigate this in future.
Can we order the White lable app for Android right away ?
Do one get the source code for the app so that one can integrate the forum app into an app on its own?

Can we order the White lable app for Android right away ?

No, we're still in beta for the regular version. But it actually comes with it, so as soon as it's available we work with you to get it running.

Do one get the source code for the app so that one can integrate the forum app into an app on its own?

No.
I'll buy it, if you can list some benefits of it for me.

Also how is it better than the IPB mobile theme?


Thank you.
Should I be able to download the beta? It says I don't have access permissions when clicking the link above.

Should I be able to download the beta? It says I don't have access permissions when clicking the link above.


You need to have an active board support service. I apologise for failing to mention that.
Any plans for a Windows Phone 7 App? Would be great to see one
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Visible Noise
Jul 06 2011 03:45 AM
Is the teaser image titled 'Done' mean that a release client for IPB 3.2 is ready? ;)
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Benj Benj Benj
Jul 06 2011 11:01 AM
i think the teaser image is more that we'll be able to add attachments to posts with this ap.. because you cant do that with the current version can you?
Does it track visitors and activity via Google Analytics? I presume a chunk of my visitors would migrate to the app, and I don't want to see a false drop in traffic as a result.

Also, does it support advertising via 3rd party ad servers? My sponsors would be PO'd if I started moving traffic away from their ads.

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