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TAMUmobile is near

May 21st, 2009 by tamuwebmaster
mockup of TAMUmobile screen

mockup of TAMUmobile screen

This June, Texas A&M enters the mobile app fray with an iPhone suite of apps that we are calling TAMUmobile (curse you 10 character limit and ampersands…). As part of an agreement with SF-based Terriblyclever, we (led by Diane McDonald from our division) are working with them to develop a core set of mobile apps for Texas A&M. For iPod Touch/iPhone users you can see a similar set by downloading the free iStanford or DukeMobile apps.

Some of you already know this because I’ve hit you up for feeds or information or assistance. So shout outs and much gratitude to Alyssa for athletics feeds and assistance, Shawn in DSA who’s helping us out with events feeds from the allU calendar, Cheryl and Susan  (CIS rock stars) with directory and feed advising, Jim and the GIS folks for maps and map info, the EIS crew (let us all groan as I say “Domo arigato Mr. Malota”) and a number of others who have updated or provided us news feeds. And we’d be in default icon mode if it weren’t for the handy stylings of Mr. Birch.

Currently, we’re about to get the prototypes in for Phase 1 and once we’ve approved, we submit the app/sub apps to the Apple App Store for processing. Phase 1 will tentatively contain campus directory, news, athletics, and TAMUtv (an Aggie youTube Channel). TAMUmobile will be a free download.

Phase 2 will (again tentatively) include Maps, Course catalog, and events/calendars which would be July-ish and in the fall we’re looking at a number of possibilities that range from classroom learning aids (such as clickers) to bus schedules.

Now up until this point, it’s been Apple this and iPhone that, and it’s true, TAMUmobile is kicking off with the iPhone versions first with Blackberry following on its heels a little later. We’re also discussing with TC other platforms/mobile browsers as well. Ultimately, this will drive what will become a mobile A&M website, but we’ll save that for a later post.

Again my thanks to all who have helped us get this off the ground and running.

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7 Comments to TAMUmobile is near

  1. […]  There are a few cosmetic features that need to be fixed, but in order to meet timelines with the TAMUmobile iPhone application project we need to push it out sooner that I would have liked. Everything is functional, but there are a […]

  2. Calendar Soft Release | Aggie Webmasters on May 27th, 2009
  3. I disagree with funding applications for a single closed platform. What about the hundreds of users who have BlackBerry? What about users who do not have data access on their mobile devices? It would seem to be much more efficient to just make a web application that users can access through their smartphone browser or SMS.

  4. Andrew on July 30th, 2009
  5. I agree with Andrew. While I have a Blackberry, and am disappointed that we (that is TAMU) would choose to start with iPhones, I think this needs to evolve to a more accessible feature for all mobile users. But way to be on top of these cool features!

  6. KBB on July 31st, 2009
  7. KBB and Andrew, thanks for the comments and according to Diane, who’s heading this up, they are looking to add Blackberry versions, I think this fall. Our goal from the Webmaster’s end is to work with the data streams/feeds and begin working toward implementing features and styles that make the the A&M Web presence more mobile friendly–regardless of the device you use (b/c my Palm Centro isn’t getting an app, and my other device with Opera Mini doesn’t do well either.)

  8. chiv on August 3rd, 2009
  9. Are there plans for a windows mobile version?

  10. Ed Rhodes on August 16th, 2009
  11. As John said, our goal is to make our information available on any mobile device.

  12. mdmcginnis on August 18th, 2009
  13. Don’t forget the Android OS!

  14. tom on July 19th, 2010

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