The MIT Mobile App has been spiffed up for the spring; if your iOS or Android device is set to automatically download App upgrades, you’ve probably already seen it. Since you may not spot all of the changes, here’s a quick tour of the update.
- The most compelling change is on the Android front. In the past, many of the modules – other than Shuttles – didn’t work well. They’re now all good to go, on a par with iOS devices.
- There’s one feature that previously worked only on Android devices that’s now available on the iOS side: the Renew Books option, which lives in the Libraries module under “Your Account.”
- Spring = springboard. Mobile apps have different styles and the MIT Mobile app now features the Springboard style. When you launch the app, all modules (10 of them, from Shuttles to Building Services) are presented right up front.
- Search is now at the top, with results sorted by module. Type in “Cambridge” (or your topic of choice) to see how that works.
- In the News module, articles that have more than one image will display arrowheads beneath the first image, allowing you to scroll through an image gallery.
- You can “favorite” a Mobile App module through the “Customize my navigation” option near the bottom of the home page. This will put the modules you like most near the top of the screen.
- Through Settings, also near the bottom of the home page, you can select from five font sizes.
The move to Modo Labs
Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) has shifted development of the MIT Mobile app to Modo Labs, whose founder and CTO, Andrew Yu, formerly led a team of IS&T mobile developers. The contract with Modo Labs is based on continuous improvement: upgrades for the MIT Mobile app will now be released at least a couple of times a year.
Modo Labs has moved the MIT Mobile app to a new platform, Kurogo. One of the main behind-the-scenes goals of the recent upgrade was to achieve feature parity on the new platform, along with back-end integration.