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graffitici
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Add evothings:// URLs to home screen on iOS?

Postby graffitici » 06:35, 10 Dec 2014

Hi,

Do you know a way to add the "evothings://.../index.html" URLs to the home screen? That seems to be a cool way to "pretend" that it's a real app, while having all the benefits of quick updates.

The issue is, when I type that into Safari, the EvoThings clients launches right away. When I go back to Safari, the URL has already disappeared, and the "Add to Home Screen" button doesn't work.

If I can pull this off, it would make my deployment much easier.. :)

Thanks!

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Eric
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Re: Add evothings:// URLs to home screen on iOS?

Postby Eric » 13:03, 10 Dec 2014

Hi!

Cool idea! We have thought about providing a service for live reloads against an internet URL, which would allow a Home Screen app to be updated live through Evothings Workbench. Unfortutately it's not possible to get this functionality using evothings:// URLs, as the purpose of such URLs is to open content in a specific app.

Edit: what you can always do, of course, is to point Safari to the Evothings Workbench URL, and adding that as a HomeScreen app should work (though maybe a meta-tag has to be provided). But then if the IP-address of the computer running the Workbench changes, the Home Screen app won't work.

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Eric
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ardiri
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Re: Add evothings:// URLs to home screen on iOS?

Postby ardiri » 17:25, 10 Dec 2014

you can also use a third party application to add a website link

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ahomeic ... 71558?mt=8

or possibly see if there is a way to fiddle with the safari browser to do the same thing:

http://lifehacker.com/5809338/add-web-s ... homescreen
// Aaron
Chief Technology Officer
Evothings AB http://www.evothings.com/

graffitici
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Re: Add evothings:// URLs to home screen on iOS?

Postby graffitici » 18:10, 10 Dec 2014

Thank you both for the insight! I will give this some more thought..

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Re: Add evothings:// URLs to home screen on iOS?

Postby Paul » 00:57, 22 Dec 2014

Hi,

I haven't tried aHomeIcon to see if that's possible to use a evothings://url
If that works could you tell me please?

What I did (ugly but it works) is :
1° create an html page
2° create your homeIcon like shown in the video from ardiri's post
3°change the code from the html page with a meta refresh linking to the evothings:// page
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; URL=evothings://my_url">


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