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VoIP Push Notifications

Posted by Nate Macleitch on April 10, 2017

Recently QuickBlox launched a brand new feature – VoIP Push Notifications.

This is kind of fresh iOS feature – VoIP pushes provide the functionality that VoIP apps need to perform on-demand processing of the push before displaying a notification to the user. Now QuickBlox provides the classes for your iOS apps to receive VoIP pushes from server.

Here is great Apple guide about Voice Over IP (VoIP) Best Practices, what is the best way to use VoIP Push Notifications. One of the main use case – use VoIP Push Notifications to Avoid Persistent Connections.

In order to use VoIP pushes you have to connect iOS PushKit framework.

 

From QuickBlox platform point of view we have the following updates/docs:

Updated REST API documentation
Now you can subscribe to VoIP pushes via Push Notification REST API by passing notification_channel=apns_voip in ‘Create Subscription’ request.
Also, you can initiate a VoIP push via Push Notifications REST API by passing event[push_type]=apns_voip in ‘Create Event’ request.

Updated iOS SDK documentation

New section on Adding support for VoIP push notifications has been added.  It contains all needed info how to start use VoIP pushes in your iOS app.

Updated Android/Web SDKs documentation

You can also initiate a VoIP push from Android and Web platforms. Guides how to do it are also ready for Android and Web platforms.

Universal push notifications

As you know QuickBlox provides 2 type of push notifications you can send:

  • Platform based push notification – will be delivered to specified platform only, for example, iOS or Android only (iOS VoIP only as well).
  • Universal push notifications – will be delivered to all possible devices/platforms for specified users.

You can initiate universal VoIP push as well. In this case, the push will be delivered as VoIP push to iOS device and as regular push to other devices .We have prepared all needed guides for you:

If you need some help with integration – let us know via public support channels (iOS GitHub SDK page, JS GitHub SDK page,  Android GitHub SDK page)

Nate Macleitch

Shared instance QuickBlox application upgrade on 3rd March at 15:00 EET

Posted by Nate Macleitch on March 3, 2017

QuickBlox Shared instance account owners,

 

Please be informed that backend upgrade scheduled on 2nd March has been postponed and is going to be performed today on 3rd March 2017 at 15:00 EET.

 

The upgrade has been postponed due to the delay in migration scripts performance.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience.  

 

During the maintenance you may notice about 10 minutes downtime and short interruptions.
Thank you in advance for understanding and patience.

Nate Macleitch

Shared instance QuickBlox application upgrade on 2nd March 15:00 EET

Posted by Nate Macleitch on March 1, 2017

QuickBlox Shared instance account owners,

Please be notified that backend upgrade, that was scheduled on 1st March is postponed on tomorrow – 2nd March due to issues with AWS services on 28th February.

 

On the 28th of February 2017 at approximately 17:40:53 GMT+0000 (UTC) our engineers were alerted to AWS experiencing increased error rates for Amazon S3 requests in the US-EAST-1 region.

 

You can find more details on the status post here: https://status.aws.amazon.com

During this time, AWS customers with S3 bucket located in US East Region experienced issues with adding new objects into S3 bucket.  

Nate Macleitch

Maintenance on Shared instance on March 1st 15:00 EET (Wednesday)

Posted by Nate Macleitch on February 24, 2017

Please be notified that we are releasing a major architecture change on the Shared instance (https://admin.quickblox.com).

This changes can affect YOUR application so please review the information below.

We will upgrade the QuickBlox Shared Instance to a new backend architecture on March 1st, 2017.

We are making these changes to improve system performance and efficiency.

This architecture has already been deployed on our Enterprise Customer Servers resulting better performance for these customers.

With this new architecture release the QB team will be able to more easily implement additional performance improvements and as a result provide you with better service.
Previously a QuickBlox account owner could have multiple users registered with the same email address across several applications within one QuickBlox Admin account https://admin.quickblox.com

 

This approach to USERS created performance issues. This is why we removed the ability to create USERS with the same email over 1 year back.

In the new architecture of the Quickblox Shared Instance each USER email address MUST be unique within one QuickBlox application ADMIN account.

This means that one user will be able to login to only *one* application with one and the same email address.

 

THIS AFFECTS ONLY CUSTOMERS WITH MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION IN THE SAME QUICKBLOX ADMIN ACCOUNT (THOSE HAVE USERS WITH SAME EMAIL IN MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION) :

 

We ask customers who have users shared across more than one application to either:

  1. Prioritize their applications and make sure that before the 1st of March system change assign USERS to the application where they should be.

The detailed instructions about necessary changes were provided via admin panel and emailed previously to customers.

In case you do Nothing before March the 1st, 2017, during the upgrade users will be assigned to the applications which they accessed most often based on the number of sessions created for those users in the applications automatically.

  1. Create additional ADMIN accounts for each application

You can continue to have multiple applications and the same registered USERS across multiple applications – However these users must be separated in different account.

As an alternative solution you can contact QuickBlox sales team (sales@quickblox.com ) to request migration of your application on dedicated Enterprise instance with current backend software version.