Your Falkor app can be available for Android, Apple and/or web users, depending on your needs.
Invite-only apps do not allow anyone to sign up to your app. There is only a sign-in option whereas users invited to groups will have access to selected stories. Invite-only apps are available for download via Google Play but are not on the App Store.
Public apps allow anyone to sign up to the app; the app is available for download via Google Play and can be published to the App Store (but must be approved by Apple). Public apps can have both public and private users (private users will be added to groups and invited, and public users will sign up and may have access to public stories).
Having a sign up option means anyone can potentially access sensitive information if published to all app users. A public app is therefore not recommended for organisations publishing sensitive information to their Falkor app.
Invite-only apps require users to be invited to access the app. This means there is no sign up option.
Invite-only apps are available for public download via Google Play, or via a private distribution for Apple.
An Apple Business Manager Account is needed to allow your organisation to distribute apps to your employees’ Apple devices. This service also allows developers to privately publish apps to your organisation only.
Public apps allow anyone to sign up. It can be made available as a Web App, as well as from the Google Play Store and/or Apple App Store.
Although anyone can sign up, users can still be invited to the app by being added to Groups to access exclusive content.
A Web App is hosted on a "website" that acts and behaves like an app and is accessible as a URL from any device (mobile, tablet, phablet, desktop) using a compatible web browser.
This option is preferable if mostly desktop or Android devices are being used, or if there is no need to publish to Apple's App Store.
N.B. Web Apps on Apple devices don’t support push notifications and offline capabilities.
Read more about progressive web apps, here.
In the Falkor backend, you will see the Falkor icon in the top menu (far right). Select this icon to open your Falkor Subscription details.
Select the second icon that shows inline with your Falkor app name and copy the link URL. When this URL is shared with anyone, they will be able to access your Falkor app.
The URL will detect which device the user is on and will direct them accordingly: Apple mobile users: will be directed to the Apple App store or to a private download link. Android mobile users: will be directed to the Google Play Store. Desktop users: will be directed to Progressive Web App (PWA).
The Falkor platform is regularly updated as new features are added and improvements and fixes are made. The account Agent will be notified via email. Big platform updates typically happen 1-2 times per year, whilst rapid updates may be more frequent. Subscribers may experience temporary platform downtime during an update.
App updates are also necessary to keep up with the ever-changing tech chameleon. When a platform subscriber's Falkor app is updated, all users (your audience) will receive an email and/or push notification, prompting them to update. Web/desktop users will automatically see the update, Android users' app will auto-update (if auto-update is enabled), and Apple users will need to follow the download link (or download on the App Store if the app is available there).
All app users will receive an email to update their Falkor app when there is a new release.