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Send Notifications to Your Android Application

Send Notifications to Your Android Application

May 20, 2020
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October 14, 2018
Add foreground and background notifications to your application using Google Firebase.

You will learn

  • How to configure SAP Cloud Platform for push
  • How to configure Mobile Services for push
  • Foreground notifications
  • Background notifications

Step 1: Configure the SAP Cloud Platform for push notifications
  1. Open SAP Cloud Platform Trial, scroll down to the Environments section and click Access Neo Trial.

    Neo Trial button
  2. Select Services, then choose Digital Experience from the dropdown. Then click Mobile Services, users.

    Mobile Services
  3. Click the Configure Mobile Services link.

    Configure Mobile Services
  4. On the Roles tab, select the Notification User role and click Assign to assign your User ID.

    Setting Notification User role
Which role is required to send a push message?
Step 2: Configure Mobile Services for push notifications
  1. Return to the Mobile Services screen.

    Back to mobile services
  2. Click the Go to Service link.

    Go to Service link
  3. In SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services, select the application and click Push Notification.

    Push notification link on home page

    This screen requires information from Firebase.

    Push notification
  4. In the Firebase console, go to Project settings.

    Project settings
  5. Select the Cloud Messaging tab and copy the Server Key and Sender ID values from Firebase to the SAP Mobile Services Android Push Notification settings screen.

    Server key and Sender IDPush notification android
In the cockpit, which properties are needed to enable Android push messaging in the Push Notification tab?
Step 3: Send a notification
  1. Under Mobile Applications, select the application.

    Management cockpit
  2. Select the User Registrations tab to send the notification to your app.

    Send notification

    It may be difficult to tell which registration to choose. The Last Connection field shows the last time a given registration made a request. If you are unsure which registration to choose, navigate through a few screens in the application and then press the GO button to refresh the display, or select all of them and send a greeting to all the registrations.

    If you don’t see the Send Notifications button, try logging out and back into the management cockpit.

  3. Specify the notification text to send to the app.

    Send notification
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Step 4: Foreground notification

Notice that the app shows the notification.

Receive notification
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Step 5: Background notification

Make sure you are selecting the right language above.

  1. On an emulator or mobile device, open another app, such as Chrome, which will cause the Wiz App to no longer be the foreground app.

  2. If you now send another notification, you will notice that because the app is in the background, or not running, a notification is placed in the notification drawer.

    Receive Notification Background
  3. Tapping the notification will bring the app to the foreground or open the app.

    Receive Notification from Background

    If the app was not running when the notification was tapped, due to a change made in the previous tutorial, you can view it by pressing Back and navigating from the Categories screen to the Entity list screen.

Currently, the message is displayed in an AlertDialog.

You can add custom logic to the app to decide on the action to take, such as displaying the new Office Furniture category.

Show Notification Code
Show Notification Code

For further information on push, see Push Notifications, Push API Notification Scenarios, and About FCM Messages.

Congratulations! You have seen how an app can make use of foreground and background notifications.

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