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Salesforce.com Mobile SDK for Android
You have arrived at the source repository for the Salesforce Mobile SDK for Android. Welcome! Starting with our 2.0 release, there are now two ways you can choose to work with the Mobile SDK:
- If you'd like to work with the source code of the SDK itself, you've come to the right place! You can browse sample app source code and debug down through the layers to get a feel for how everything works under the covers. Read on for instructions on how to get started with the SDK in your development environment.
- If you're just eager to start developing your own application, the quickest way is to use our npm binary distribution package, called forcedroid, which is hosted on npmjs.org. Getting started is as simple as installing the npm package and launching your template app. You'll find more details on the forcedroid package page.
Installation (do this first - really)
After cloning the SalesforceMobileSDK-Android project from github, run the install script from the command line:
This pulls submodule dependencies from github.
(Windows users: run
cscript install.vbs from the command line instead.)
What's New in 5.0
OS Version Support
- Android Nougat (API 25) is fully supported in Mobile SDK 5.0.
- We have added new APIs that allow hybrid developers to create their own named databases.
- We now allow sync down/refresh of data stored in soups by specifying the fields to sync.
- smartsync.js now uses native promises instead of jQuery.
Hybrid Networking Enhancements
- We have replaced forcetk.mobilesdk.js with force.js. Networking in hybrid apps is now handled natively through a new plugin (com.salesforce.plugin.network). As a result, session token refresh happens automatically.
- We've updated React Native to version 0.35.0.
- We've updated Cordova to version 6.1.0.
- We've removed the dependency on Guava.
- We've added a new library in Mobile SDK 5.0 called SalesforceAnalytics. This enables us to collect non-sensitive data on which features in Mobile SDK are being used. It is turned on by default, but can be turned off if required.
Other Technical Improvements
- We now support rich app templates (see forcedroid for more details).
- Improvements to sample apps.
- Various bug fixes.
Check http://developer.force.com/mobilesdk for additional articles and tutorials.
The Salesforce Mobile SDK provides essential libraries for quickly building native mobile apps that seamlessly integrate with the Salesforce cloud architecture. Out of the box, we provide an implementation of OAuth2, abstracting away the complexity of securely storing refresh tokens or fetching a new session ID when a session expires. The SDK also provides Java wrappers for the Salesforce REST API, making it easy to retrieve, store, and manipulate data.
WARNING: OAuth2 token storage on devices without encryption
The Salesforce Mobile SDK provides PIN-based OAuth token encryption for Android devices that don't provide full storage encryption functionality. The SDK implementation is NOT designed to provide complete security. It's simply offered as an option for temporarily protecting your app from eavesdroppers. Please use caution in your production deployment with sensitive data. We strongly recommend deploying production apps on the latest generation of Android devices with build-in device encryption.
Setting up your Development Environment
The following steps will help you get started with your development environment, whether you choose to develop native apps or hybrid apps. See the
README files in the
hybrid/ folders for additional notes pertaining to development in those environments.
- Install the Android SDK and Android Studio: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
- Get setup on github: http://help.github.com/
Downloading the Salesforce SDK
To pull down the SDK from github, create a new directory and git clone the salesforce SDK repo.
git clone https://github.com/forcedotcom/SalesforceMobileSDK-Android.git
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