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On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 1:34 AM, chansdad <rajnukala@yahoo.com> wrote:

I am testing aerogear for a project of mine . Able to send alerts .

Here are couple of questions
1. Can I send alerts based on a deviceId?

Yes and No. You can add an alias from this device on registration and send a message to this alias.
2. alerts is visible in the notifications panel in android . when i select
the alert , it takes me to the app . and when the app is active displays the
alert dialog on top of the app . can i disable this? when the app is not
active , alert is not displayed on the app screen.
3. Can i customize the alert as it displays on the screen.
4. Does aerogear support rich media notifications to be displayed on
homescreen. If not is there a plan to add this feature?

So, talking about android land, is not an AeroGear responsibility display the message received from UPS. 

AeroGear provides a BroadcastReceiver[1] implementation. That automatically handles/parse/whatever and dispatch it to one (or more) MessageHandler[2], 

You (I mean developer) need create and declare MessageHandler. You can declare a MessageHandler directly in AndroidManifest[3] or do it programatically[4][5]  

Your MessageHander is responsable by display the message (or do something in background) using the best way to this

Hope this help you

[1] https://github.com/aerogear/aerogear-android-push/blob/master/src/org/jboss/aerogear/android/unifiedpush/AeroGearGCMMessageReceiver.java
[2] https://github.com/aerogear/aerogear-android-push/blob/master/src/org/jboss/aerogear/android/unifiedpush/MessageHandler.java
[3] <meta-data android:name="DEFAULT_MESSAGE_HANDLER_KEY" android:value="[YOUR MessageHandler IMPLEMENTATION CLASS HERE]" />
[4] https://github.com/aerogear/aerogear-push-helloworld/blob/master/android/src/org/jboss/aerogear/unifiedpush/helloworld/activities/MessagesActivity.java#L52-L59
[5] https://github.com/aerogear/aerogear-push-helloworld/blob/master/android/src/org/jboss/aerogear/unifiedpush/helloworld/activities/MessagesActivity.java#L67-L72
Thanks and to be honest , aerogear makes it super simple to send out
notifications .I still need to figure out if i can  send messages by
deviceId as that is my key requirement.

Glad to know that and thanks for trying out the UPS

-- Passos