URL SCHEME and DEEP LINKING In Mobile App
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Published on: Jul 26, 2020
Updated on: Dec 14, 2021
Also termed as a web address or link of a website, the URL is used to grant access to a source location specified by a computer network and helps to retrieve data. URL schemes are referred to as the opening of an android application from a hyperlink. This method is commonly used during android development, creating valuable resources. Third-party applications and system apps can also easily be launched by developers using URLs. It becomes easier for developers to auto-generate SMS or manage calls with a specified number by using URL schemes in their applications. However, there are many other examples and numerous uses, as well.
HOW TO IMPLEMENT?
Well, the method of generation is quite simple. It follows the following given steps:
1- Open a new project by using android studio
2-Using the AndroidManifest.xml provide your host and scheme name against an activity. Parameters for questioning can also be passed.
3- Approach URL by using intents.
The above-mentioned steps are simple and effective for both Android and IOS platforms.
DEEP-LINKING IN MOBILE PHONES
According to a study, an average user spends 5 hours daily on mobile phones, and this number is increasing day by day. That is the reason why mobile application developers are engaged in developing a good interface as well as a quality end product. Deep mobile linking helps a lot in this domain. It is a method to engage the user's interaction deeper by using a source identifier or URL—3 main types of deep linking.
This helps the user to get directly to the aimed source provided by the developer. The example is looking for an application through the search bar using the Google platform.
The purpose and functioning are the same as standard deep linking
with an additional feature that the user can access to download the application on the source URL. For example, you are looking to purchase a product, and the website makes recommendations to download the app as well.
Contextual deep linking:
These are used to customize and personalize the user experience for the application. The application downloaded for the app store might look different when downloaded from another source.
For example, if you are about to develop a standard website that provides users with information about the products available for sale. Then, generating a source link will help you attract your users directly to the desired product from the application. Still, this method must be implemented nicely. Mistakes can make the user directly land on the home page of the web or to a place from where he has to surf further.
All these deep linking efforts and the use of custom URLs are used to attract clients to a specified field of interest.