Application Groups

You can define the application launch mode and group your applications into entities that can be managed together.

The Application API is mandatory for Tizen Mobile, Wearable, and TV profiles, which means that it is supported on all mobile, wearable, and TV devices. All mandatory APIs are supported on the Tizen emulators.

The main application group features include:

  • Grouping applications in manageable entities

    Application grouping has an effect on what happens when the user hides or exits an application. When applications belong to the same group, they are hidden and exited together.

  • Controlling the launch mode

    The launch mode determines how a newly launched application is grouped. You can control the launch mode by:

    • Setting it in the application config.xml file.
    • Defining it in an application control that is used to launch the application.

Group Behavior

Applications in the same group act as if they are in 1 stack. For example, if an application A wants to send an email using an email application B, the application A can launch the email application B, making the email application B a sub application in the same group as the application A. When both applications are running, and the user presses the Home key, both applications are hidden. When the user later resumes the caller application (application A), the email application B is shown on top of the caller application.

If an application is launched in a group, it can be terminated by the main (first) application in the group. If the main application is terminated or killed, the sub applications in the group are terminated automatically (they can be terminated by the framework even if they are hidden).

Figure: Group behavior when using the Home key

Group behavior when using the Home key


To use the Application API (in mobile, wearable, and TV applications), the application has to request permission by adding the following privilege to the config.xml file:

<tizen:privilege name=""/>

Controlling the Launch Mode

You can set the application launch mode in the config.xml file (in mobile and wearable applications) with one of the following values:

  • The SINGLE launch mode means that the application is launched as a main application (in a new group).
  • The GROUP launch mode means that the application can be launched as a sub application belonging to the same group as the caller application which is causing the application to be launched.

Additionally, if the launch mode is not set to SINGLE in the config.xml file and the application is launched by the launchAppControl() method of the ApplicationManager interface (in mobile, wearable, and TV applications) with the ApplicationControl object (in mobile, wearable, and TV applications), the launchMode property of this object overrides the launch mode of the called application. If the launch mode in the config.xml file is set to SINGLE, the value of the ApplicationControl.launchMode property is ignored and the sub application is always called in the SINGLE mode.

To launch an application in a GROUP mode:

  1. Define the application control object with the GROUP mode:

    var appControl = new tizen.ApplicationControl('',
                                                  null, 'image/jpeg', null, [], 'GROUP');
  2. Define an array with callbacks for the tizen.application.launchAppControl() method:

    var appControlReplyCallback = {
        /* Callee sent a reply */
        onsuccess: function(data) {
        /* Callee returned failure */
        onfailure: function() {
  3. Launch the application in the GROUP mode with the previously defined application control object:

    tizen.application.launchAppControl(appControl, null, function() {
        console.log('launch application control succeed');
    }, function(e) {
        console.log('launch application control failed. reason: ' + e.message);
    }, appControlReplyCallback);
  • Dependencies
    • Tizen 2.4 and Higher for Mobile
    • Tizen 2.3.1 and Higher for Wearable
    • Tizen 3.0 and Higher for TV