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New TAMUmobile Apps Launched

September 24th, 2012 by Erick Beck

Marketing & Communications has launched a new version of both our iPhone and Andriod phone apps.  They are available from the Apple Store and Google Play respectively.  The iPhone app features the latest additions to Blackboard’s lineup of apps.  The biggest addition is their new Augmented Reality.  This app will let you point your phone at a location on campus and receive information about that location.  Right now the amount of information available is somewhat limited, but we plan to flesh that out this fall by merging this view with our upcoming campus virtual tour.  Also in the release will be a link to the mobile version of Howdy, an expansion of the directory to also include colleges and departments, and updated courses information.

The Android app is a complete remake of the original app.  Rather than simply being a wrapper around the university’s mobile website, it will be a true native application programmed directly for the phone.  It will include all of the standard features of the iPhone distribution, but unfortunately without autmented reality.  We will be including that feature as soon as the vendor ports it onto the Android platform.

These releases will be a prelude to a complete overhaul of the mobile website.  We intend to begin that project in mid-Fall. The current site was among the first university mobile web sites in the country, and it is starting to show its age.  We will look at refreshing both the display and the content behind it.  We will share more about the process as we begin working on the project.

Monday, September 24th, 2012 Android, Mobile Web
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