Do I really need the SAP Fiori Client App to open my other Fiori Apps?
‘Why do I need a separate app to access other SAP Fiori Apps on my mobile?’ would be a fairly logical question or thought in the minds of your end users when they can open it on their mobile browser. Let’s take a look at what exactly is the SAP Fiori Client app and why you should use it.
SAP Fiori Client is a native mobile application runtime container for SAP Fiori apps. After installing the Fiori Client App on the device, users can directly access the Fiori Launchpad and use all the Fiori apps assigned to them. The SAP Fiori Client App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android and Apple store for iOS. Developers can also use the SAP Mobile Platform SDK to build a custom SAP Fiori client for iOS and Android.
Why is this unique…
Use Native Device Capabilities
Running Fiori apps in a mobile web-browser does not have access to many device-specific capabilities, such as the camera to take snaps of invoices or scan a barcode. However, by using the SAP Fiori Client App, you can use your mobile device’s native capabilities, including the camera, send push notifications, and work offline. SAP Fiori Client can easily leverage the offline OData capabilities offered by the server. With those offline capabilities implemented in a smart way, a web application like Fiori can easily switch to offline OData, without modifications to the application’s code.
Manage Mobile Cache of Fiori Apps
Opening the Fiori App in the browser means that the web application’s components are stored in the browser cache. This slows down performance tremendously in scenarios where mobile data has to be used instead of Wi-Fi. The cache may have to be constantly cleared to ensure other apps stored in the device are functioning optimally. With the SAP Fiori Client having full control of the cache, your app’s components do not have to be loaded each time you open it, subsequently boosting performance.
Device Screen Usage
Make full use of your mobile device’s screen with the Fiori Client, as the default browser can take up space that your Fiori App needs. Also, on iOS, you have to switch to a second app when opening an attachment on the browser. The user would then have to keep switching back and forth to the web browser and the other app to complete the activity. The advantage of using the Fiori Client app in terms of speed and consistent user experience is clearly visible from its benefits and it’s free too!