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Introducing the SugarCRM Mobile SDK

By Andrew Staples | October 5th, 2017
Audiences: Developers

This article originally appeared on SugarCRM's Blog.

Announced at SugarCon 2017, SugarCRM’s new Mobile SDK (software development kit) enables developers to extend Sugar Mobile functionality beyond what is possible out of the box. Now, SugarCRM customers can quickly and easily build customizations for Sugar Mobile, akin to what can be done today for the Sugar desktop experience. With the launch of this SDK, companies can now develop purpose-built mobile applications for individuals, roles, and teams to make the mobile experience more productive for their employees.

The mobile SDK’s formalized, public APIs and guidelines will help developers extend Sugar Mobile in an upgrade-safe manner. SugarCRM has done the heavy lifting so customers do not need to build their own applications from scratch. In a nutshell, you can extend the mobile app in a fraction of the time it would take to start from scratch.

What does the SDK allow you to do?

Customizations Examples
Custom Menus
  • Ability to add custom main menu items
  • Ability to add custom right menu items
Custom Field Types
  • Enable field validation
  • Custom fields such as signature fields
Custom Actions
  • Geolocation for checkin-checkout
  • Launch another app (e.g. Skype)
  • Barcode/QR scanning
  • Override file actions
Custom Dashlets
  • Add custom actions
  • Build custom Dashlets
  • External Source Dashlet
  • Filtered List Dashlet
  • Record Summary dashlet
  • Statistics Dashlet
Custom Views
  • Build custom to-do lists
  • Modify table formatting
  • Extend the detail view
  • Extend the opportunities list view
Native Plug-ins The SDK already supports standard native capabilities such as geolocation and camera access. In the event you need to add other native capabilities, there is a way to do this.

Using the SugarCRM Mobile SDK, mobile developers can customize the SugarCRM Mobile app and distribute their custom app through the Apple App Store or Google Play store or, for increased security and ease of distribution, through a private app store.

What do you have planned for the new mobile SDK? Let us know in the comments, and contact us if you need assistance on customizing your SugarCRM Mobile app.