CSUSB Mobile, Cal State San Bernardino’s free application for Apple and Android mobile devices, has been updated with a redesigned user interface for easier access, along with several new additions.
The mobile application, which was created by CSUSB computer software engineering students, along with faculty and staff, was designed to provide students and the community with important and timely information about the university. CSUSB Mobile is available for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch through Apple’s App Store and for Android devices through the Google Play Store.
The entire application, known as version 2.0, has been re-engineered with improved graphics, significantly improved performance, and minimized bandwidth usage, along with features that include what to do in case of emergencies while on campus. It also includes an improved integration of Facebook and Twitter.
Unlike the first release, version 2.0 uses a hybrid approach, which has approximately 90 percent of the content installed on the device and 10 percent on a secured server.
Development of the CSUSB Mobile app started in the winter quarter of 2011 as a class project in a software engineering course in the university’s School of Computer Science and Engineering. Professors Arturo I. Concepcion and David A. Turner were approached by staff members from the university’s Administrative Computing Services Department to include a project in mobile applications because of the prevalence of smart phones and devices used by students, faculty and staff.
Students in the class successfully developed a running prototype of the mobile application. Several of the students from the class were so interested in seeing the mobile application published in the Google Play Store and the Apple’s App Store that they enrolled in independent studies in the spring quarter of 2011 and continued to work on its development through the summer.
The first version of the student-developed CSUSB Mobile application was released in September 2011. The CSUSB Mobile version 1.0 provided basic service and information for Cal State San Bernardino students, faculty and staff.
Because of the application’s success, the university’s Information Resources and Technology division established two internship positions whose responsibility is to continue development and maintenance of CSUSB Mobile.
Jonathan Carranza and Kenneth Williams, who were students in the software engineering class, were hired as mobile developers.
Cal State San Bernardino originally launched a mobile application by CSUSB information technology consultant Kevin Beecher in the spring of 2011. Beecher wanted to provide students with a quick way to find their classes on campus. The computer science and engineering students followed with the CSUSB Mobile application.
Visit the CSUSB Mobile apps website for more information.
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