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May 2018

Webpack 4, Adobe Analytics Integration, Native App Enhancements, and GDPR updates

New features

Progressive Web Apps & Accelerated Mobile Pages

Upgrade to Webpack 4

The module build system has been upgraded to WebPack 4 for new PWA and AMP projects. Webpack 4 greatly reduces build times for projects, with reports of up to 98% faster. We're personally seeing an approximate 10 second gain in build times in our PWA and AMP project starting points!

Existing projects looking to leverage Webpack 4 can follow our upgrade guide to do so.

Find more information on all the changes that come with Webpack 4 on their official release notes. We've upgraded specifically to Webpack v4.6

Integrations

Adobe Analytics Connector

A new connector for Analytics Manager is available that sends events to Adobe Analytics. The connector will save you time by initializing the integration to Adobe Analytics and automatically sending a list of events we see in most Adobe implementations:

More information on this connector, including how to track additional events, can be found in our Analytics Documentation.

Enhancements

Native Apps Enhancements

Navigations between WebViews on iOS are now smoother than ever! Previously, slow network connections would intermittently cause janky navigations on iOS. Navigations should now be rid of any janky behavior on iOS.

We've also addressed numerous bugs in our native app starting point including:

GDPR Updates

A new set of Privacy Regulations comes into effect on May 25th, 2018 that gives residents of the EU more control over what information is stored on them. Now visitors must give permission for any personally identifiable information to be collected, and can ask to see it or have it erased. More details here. Our Engagement Engine previously tracked IP address and the location of a shopper, which is considered personally identifiable information. To comply with these regulations and act in our shoppers' best interests, we have changed our tracking to only collect the first 3 quadrants of an IP address. This keeps the user anonymous and means location can only be determined up to a city level.

Changes have also been made to our PWA project starting point to be compliant with GDPR. These changes include:

Existing PWA projects will need to account for these component changes if needed.

Known issues

Progressive Web Apps

Native apps