We just released a brand new product called Serengeti for iPhones and iPod touches. Shockingly, Apple moved it through the approval process in just a few days, catching us quite by surprise! We’re pleased about the app because we think it’s a neat workaround to the “Black Hole” problem that John mentioned a couple of posts back. But, more significantly, it represents a new capability for us:
Easy Wi-Fi for Application Developers!
Serengeti is the first application that’s Easy Wi-Fi enabled. It embeds a small Easy Wi-Fi library which is used to ensure you have a network connection and log you into your Wi-Fi provider if it’s necessary. Serengeti does this to streamline your web surfing, but it’s easy to think about the applicability of this approach for many other iPhone apps that benefit from Wi-Fi.
Integration of the library is very easy. The binary itself is small and simple to use. Each user of an enabled application needs to have an Easy Wi-Fi online account so there is an initial process to link the application to the users account. That can be done by showing a simple form for signup/signin or – more likely – by throwing the user to our signup/signin web forms directly from the device. Pretty simple.
At this point in time we plan to approve any app developers who are interested on a case by case basis, before rolling this out more broadly. Licensing is free. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.