This document describes what Maker apps are and how users interact with them on the Helium Network.
Beginning March 2022, all HIP-19 Hotspot Manufacturers (aka Makers) are required to support their customers with a bespoke Mobile App to onboard their Hotspots, maintain their Hotspots with diagnostic tools, and various basic troubleshooting tools.
Maker Apps can also include extra enhancements such as Proof-of-Coverage analysis, earnings tools, and more.
For more information, read our blog post announcing this change.
SDKs and Starter Apps
To assist Makers in developing their apps, an SDK and supporting libraries are available. An example starter app is also open-sourced for forking and further customization.
React Native SDK
The Helium React Native SDK is a collection of modules that can be used by a React Native application to interact with Hotspots and the Helium Blockchain. It has first class support for Typescript.
Maker Starter App
The Maker Starter App includes support for deeplinking to the Helium Wallet App to sign transactions, removing any requirements for users to enter their 12-word seed phrase into the Maker App. This is a security precaution and prevents potential lost of funds and Hotspots, as the seed phrase acts as a user's private key on the blockchain. If you find a Maker app that asks for your seed phrase, do not trust it.
The following features are supported in the Maker Starter App:
- Add a Hotspot
- Set a Location (including gain and elevation)
- Transfer a Hotspot
- Settings with PIN Code and language selection
- Deeplinking to Helium Wallet to sign transactions