Branding

Branding capabilities are optional and may not be available for your enterprise. If available, you can brand the client on the Account tab in the Open Mobile Portal.

Before Creating a Brand

Branding requires that you make design decisions, create product and component names, and upload image files for client components. You should assemble the required files and text labels before beginning the process of creating a brand.

After Creating a Brand

Once you have created one or more client or portal brands, you can publish them to production. Only one brand may be active at a time, and it cannot be deleted. (Deleting a brand could cause conflicts with deployed profiles that use an existing brand.)

Branding Your Client

A client brand comprises the set of icons, images, text strings, additional help content, and colors you choose to include in the client’s look and feel. The complete list of client branding options includes these selections. If no element is selected, the default is used.

Please click this link for a complete list of branding options.

Creating a Custom Package Name (Optional)

Creating a custom package name is optional. If this capability is enabled for your enterprise, attaching a custom package name to a client will prevent that client from automatically upgrading with each iPass release in the Android Market. In turn, this will prevent certain branded elements from reverting to their defaults with each upgrade.

To create a custom package name:

  1. On the Configuration tab, select Register Packages.
  2. In the Package Name field, enter the custom package name.
  3. Click the + button.
  4. Click the Save button.

Creating a Brand

To create a new client brand for a supported platform:

  1. Log in to the Open Mobile Portal, and select the Configuration tab.
  2. Click Manage Brands, and then click Create Brand.
  3. On the Create a Brand tab, enter values for the following:
    • In Brand Name, enter a new brand name.
    • For Platform, select Android.
    • If Class is shown, select a class from the dropdown.
    • After Software Version, select the software version from the dropdown.
    • If Package Name is shown, select a package name from the dropdown.
  4. Select the branding tabs as needed to enter your desired branding elements. The Image Map interactively displays the components of the user interface, as you change them, so you can preview your brand before you save it.
  5. When the brand is complete, click Save.

Once created, you can publish the brand so that you can include it in your client profiles.

Editing a Brand

To edit an existing client brand:

  1. Under List of Brands, select the brand you wish to edit.
  2. In the Actions column, click Manage.
  3. Enter the requested text strings, or upload the requested files.
  4. When complete, click Save.

A published brand may not be edited.

Publishing a Brand

A published brand can be included in profiles, and can be shared with your child accounts. A published brand may not be edited.

To publish a brand:

  1. Create a brand (see above).
  2. From the List of Brands, select the brand you wish to publish. Then, in the Actions column, click Publish.
  3. On the Publish Client Brand page, click Publish, and then click Yes to confirm publication.

Sharing a Client Brand

Once a brand is published, it can be shared with your child accounts. These accounts will be able to include the brand in their own client profiles. (You can only share a brand one level down—that is, with your immediate child accounts.)

To make a brand shareable:

  1. On the List of Brands, select the published brand you wish to share. Then, in the Actions column, click Share.
  2. On the Share Client Brand dialog, select the direct child accounts with which you wish to share the brand.
  3. Click Share, and then click Yes to confirm sharing.

Applying the Brand to a Profile

Once you have created and published a brand, you can apply it to a profile.

To apply a brand and styling to a supported client:

  1. Go to the Configuration tab and select Manage Profiles.
  2. Choose the appropriate profile and select Manage under the Actions column.
  3. Under Client Look and Feel, click on Configure.
  4. In the Select a Brand drop-down menu, select the appropriate brand.
  5. Click Save > Publish to Test.

Version Name/Code

If you choose a package name other than com.iPass.OpenMobile, you will be prompted to enter a:

  • Version Name: Any name is acceptable in this field.
  • Version Code Please use a small digit that can increase incrementally every time a new APK is published.

Please do not enter a date in the Version Code field.

Distribution

Branded clients have to be distributed using a private installer created in the Open Mobile Portal, and if the branding has changed, the private installer has to be redistributed (a profile update and migration will not generate the branding changes).

Upgrading from a Previous Version

There are two upgrade scenarios:

  • If the default package name is used, software upgrades are managed through the Android Market and users will be notified when a new software version is available.
  • If a custom package name is used, software upgrades are controlled by the Administrator, who will have to redistribute the software (the private installer available on the Open Mobile Portal) with each upgrade.

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