GVSU mobile lab unveils Android app

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ALLENDALE, Mich. — Grand Valley State University has launched a new mobile application for Android smartphones. The app — which features news, maps, multimedia content and a directory — was built by students and is the second product of the Mobile Applications and Services Lab in Grand Valley's School of Computing and Information Systems. An iPhone version of the app was released in February.

The lab is led by professor Jonathan Engelsma, a Grand Valley alumnus who returned to his alma mater in August 2009 after 16 years working in research for Motorola. 

A group of eight undergraduate and graduate students worked on the project. The application has five sub-sections. A news tab features headlines from GVNow, the Lanthorn and Laker Sports. A directory links into Grand Valley's People Finder, to help users find faculty, staff and students — allowing users to add the results directly to their smartphone address books. There's also a Twitter feed that monitors traffic related to Grand Valley and a media section that ties into multimedia content — including Grand Valley YouTube videos. Finally, there's a GPS-enabled map function that will help people find their way around campus.

The icons in the app were designed by a student in the Department of Art and Design under the supervision of professor Chitra Gopalakrishna.

For more information, visit the Mobile Applications and Services Lab at http://masl.cis.gvsu.edu.