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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

Thoughts on mobile and social business applications, design, and user experience, by Chris Reckling.

Littleton, MA - Another month, another update to the IBM Connections mobile apps for iOS and Android. There are a number of improvements in this release. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, here are a few of the feature updates:

  • Simplified FIles list - there is now a tab at the bottom of the list to switch between Files and Folders. There was a lot of duplication in the drop-down view menu such as "My Files" and "My Folders". Now it's just Files and you can switch to Folders view with the tab.
  • Added Profiles About Me and Tags. You can also tag people and manage your tags as well as search from the tag screen.
  • Share and access folders from a Community.
  • Use client certificates to authenticate with your enterprise.
  • Added Action Required view to Updates on iOS. You can also actually take action from there; for example, to accept a network invitation or community invitation.
  • Some dialog boxes for adding new content have been implemented as native controls. For example, in Activity entries, Blog comments, and wiki comments.
  • Many Connections web URLs that previously switched to open a separate web browser to the full site, will now go to the right service in the mobile app.

Here are a few screen shots to whet your appetite.
Figure 1. Files showing the new view choices, files/folders tab, and details view.
Image:Connections Mobile June Update

Figure 2. New Action Required view on the iPad.
Image:Connections Mobile June Update

Figure 3. These screens show the Android phone version of profile tags and then when you tap a tag, a search is done so you can find other people with the same tag.
Image:Connections Mobile June Update     Image:Connections Mobile June Update

We hope you enjoy these latest updates!

Apple App Store
Google Play

Chris Reckling

Chris Reckling | 28 June 2013 03:30:00 PM ET |


1) Connections Mobile June Update
Luis Benitez | 6/28/2013 8:00:22 PM

Awesome Chris! Loving the speed of the updates and features coming!

2) Connections Mobile June Update
Bram | 6/29/2013 5:47:47 AM

When can we expect these features for the smartcloud engage environment? Communities, Files and People is all i get there with the app.

3) Connections Mobile June Update
Christain | 6/29/2013 6:05:17 AM

Whts's about saveing the files direct in Folder?

Whts's about Folder in Folder?

unfriendly user interface !!!

4) Connections Mobile June Update
Chris Reckling | 6/29/2013 12:10:52 PM

@bram - it will come to SmartCloud over time, but I'm not the one to say when.

@christain - folders in folders is not available in Connections just yet. You can move a file to a folder the same way as on desktop, for better or worse. Are you saying you want to upload a file and put into a folder at the same time?


5) Connections Mobile June Update
Christain | 6/29/2013 3:20:41 PM

@chris - mobile-user will save the files directly in a folder with 1 click ...

-suppose hd c: with 2000 Folders !!!!!


-suppose you have 2000 Folders in connection and you will save a file in a Folder! scroll scroll scroll.......


we are speaking about smart-phone and app! easy and fast.

6) Connections Mobile June Update
Erik Wuestner | 7/1/2013 4:58:25 AM

When making changes to the X-IBMCONM Header variable, please communicate this before rolling-out the change. In this Android release you didn't and as a consequence mobile access for many of our users broke. Thank you!

7) Connections Mobile June Update
Chris Reckling | 7/1/2013 9:16:49 AM

Hi Erik - I forwarded your comment to the dev team. thanks.


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