The Two Layers of Rock Mobile
It's important to understand the difference between the layers of Rock Mobile. On top is the Application layer, which holds all of the Rock blocks, content, branding, and other configurable areas. Most visual elements fall within this layer.
This is all built on top of the Shell layer, which handles the tricky stuff like the navigation, authentication, API calls, and more. The Shell is updated and maintained by the development team at Triumph Tech, whereas everything in the Application Layer is under your control.
How to Get Started
As you kick off your Rock Mobile project, there are basically two things you'll need to consider: building your app and publishing your application shell.
Building Your App
Your Rock Mobile app can be built in the application layer of your Rock database. We've provided documentation to guide you. Note that in order to access the required features in your Rock install, you'll need to be running at least Rock v12.0.
If, however, you would like help with building your app, or you have custom requirements for new features and functionality, you can work with a Rock Partner to build your app for you.
Publishing Your Application Shell
Compiling the shell and deploying apps to the stores is a complicated process that requires a good deal of technical proficiency. Because most churches aren't equipped to do this on their own, Spark has partnered with Triumph Tech to provide the App Factory service plan to make this process easy for you.
Whether the apps are hosted under your developer store accounts or under Triumph's, you'll be able to opt in to the latest Rock Mobile shell updates and continue gaining access to the latest features.
Find Out More
With so much to learn about Rock Mobile, you may find the vRX2020 presentation about this new technology helpful. Check out this video for all the details.
Kick the Tires
If you'd like to prototype your app at no cost, we've created the Rock Mobile Showcase app for just that purpose. Not only can you see what features and functions are available currently, you can actually use that app to created a prototype. Download the app from the app store, and use this guide to point it to your server in order to try it out. Note that you'll need Rock v12.0 to access the application layer tools.