Good news! We’ve added support for developing on mobile devices! We’re starting off by releasing an API, an updated mobile SAFE Authenticator (POC) to use this new API, and a tutorial that will allow you to carry out native android development. We’re pretty excited about this, and hope you are too, because for the first time, everyone now has the ability to develop DApps for mobile devices! And if you’re a developer in the decentralised scene today, you’ll know that this isn’t something that’s available in many other places.
So what does this release give you?
SAFE Authenticator for Android
First things first - anything you develop will need to get authorisation to access the SAFE Network so we developed a SAFE Authenticator app for Android. The SAFE Authenticator acts as a gateway to the SAFE Network by enabling users to create an account & authenticate themselves. It ensures users have full control over the permissions they grant to SAFE apps on their mobile device. Currently it’s a proof-of-concept (POC) we have on GitHub but after a few changes it will be downloadable from the Google Play Store in the near future.
Downloading the APK
You can get the SAFE Authenticator App (POC) from the GitHub Repository.
Before installing the APK
- If you have the older version on there already you’ll need to take it off first.
- You’ll need to make sure that your phone/device has permission to install third-party apps.
Getting connected to the Network
Just in case you need to register (or update) your IP address to access the SAFE Network then here’s a quick reminder:
- Log in to the forum on your normal browser (you’ll need to have Basic Trust Level 1).
- Visit https://invite.maidsafe.net.
- Click on the SAFE Network logo.
- Select the
- Click on the button to register or update your IP address - if the IPs are the same then ignore this step.
- Click on the clipboard icon to copy the invitation token.
- Paste the invite code into the Invitation field on the Authenticator.
Building an Android application for the SAFE Network
You can now learn how to build a native Android application for the SAFE Network. For this you’ll need Android 7.0 Nougat (API 24) as a minimum. To help you along the way, we’ve also added a tutorial that walks you through the process of building a simple to-do list application.
See the tutorial on DevHub
If you’re looking to build quality mobile applications then having good documentation is a must to guide you along the way. So, in addition to the existing Node.js API documentation, we’ve released a new Java API for developing on Android: Android API - Java