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Introducing Mobile Widgets

April 20, 2017

Mobile widgets on Fulcrum

The latest Fulcrum updates for both iOS and Android bring support for mobile widgets! Widgets allow you to quickly access frequently used Fulcrum apps on your device. While they function slightly differently between mobile platforms, widgets help to streamline your workflow for faster field operations.

Widgets provide a more personalized app experience by giving users quick and easy access to the content or features they care about most, without having to open the app itself. Widgets are small user interface elements that can be added to the home screen of a mobile device, providing at-a-glance information or quick access to app functionality.

By customizing the widgets on their home screen, users can create a personalized experience that suits their individual needs and preferences. For example, a weather app might offer a widget that displays the current temperature and conditions. Widgets can also be interactive, allowing users to perform certain actions without having to open the app. For example, a music player app might offer a widget that allows users to play, pause, or skip tracks directly from the home screen.

By providing this quick and easy access to app content and functionality, widgets can help users save time and streamline their mobile experience. They can also help increase user engagement and retention, as users are more likely to use an app that provides a personalized and convenient experience.

Overall, widgets provide a more personalized app experience by allowing users to customize their home screen and quickly access the content and features that matter most to them. By offering quick and easy access to app functionality, widgets can help increase user engagement and retention, making them an important tool for app developers and designers.

Android Widget

Android Widgets

Android widgets enable you to add an app icon directly to your home screen. Simply touch and hold an open space on your home screen. You’ll see an option at the bottom of the screen to view the widgets drawer. Tap on the widgets button to access your available widgets and scroll down to Fulcrum. Touch and hold to pick up the widget and drag it to any space on any screen. You will be prompted to choose an app and define whether the widget should open the app or create a new record when tapped. If your app has a custom icon, it will be used as the widget icon. Otherwise, a generic Fulcrum icon will be generated with a red top bar and the first letter of the app name.

Today Widget

iOS Today Widgets

On iOS, Fulcrum has a Today widget, which provides quick access to recently used Fulcrum apps. Your most recent apps will show up on the Today screen and can optionally appear on the lock screen if you have this enabled. Tapping the app icon will launch Fulcrum on the new record screen.

Personalizing Your Fulcrum Experience

Mobile widgets, combined with custom app icons provide a more personalized experience. As your app inventory grows, widgets help to place your top apps front and center for easy access. Stay tuned for more update announcements over the coming weeks!