KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University has released version 2.1 of WMU Mobile, its smartphone app for Android and for iPhone and other Apple mobile platforms. Version 2.0 of the app was released over the summer.
WMU Mobile is available free of charge through Google Play and the iTunes Store and App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch and other Apple mobile devices. WMU Mobile 2.1 includes a number of improvements and new features.
WMU Mobile 2.0 features
- Updated design, including new icons
- Access to Webmail Plus
- Enhanced campus map
- Expanded contact list
- Compatibility with tablet computers
- Added words to WMU fight song
- Cover flow (Android only)
- WIDR feed (Apple iOS only)
WMU Mobile 2.1 features
- Student access to class schedule
- Student access to midterm and final grades
WMU Mobile project
WMU Mobile was created as a senior engineering project by six computer science majors and released in May 2011. Then-seniors Ryan Berry, Kyle Falkenstein and Matthew Rodgers developed the Android version of the app, while Christopher Ashbay, Justus Reule and Timothy Wickey created the Apple iOS version.
Two new teams from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences worked on version 2.0 of the WMU Mobile app.
Apple iOS team
- Nathan Shiff, from Ann Arbor, Mich., graduated in April 2012 with a degree in computer science.
- Andrew Throesch, from Kalamazoo Mich., is a senior majoring in computer science.
- Lance Danzy, from Portage, Mich., is a senior majoring in computer science.
- Timothy Ham, from Grand Rapids, Mich., is a senior majoring in computer science.
WMU Mobile 2.1 development
The latest interface layout to the WMU Mobile 2.1 app was made by Taylor Keenan, a senior from Auburn, Mich., who is majoring in computer science and theatre performance.
"WMU Mobile brings students closer to many online services, such as the bus GPS locator and the dining menu, " says Nathan Shiff, member of the 2.0 development team.
The University commissioned the project through the offices of strategic enrollment management, information technology and university relations, in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science and with support from a variety of WMU offices and campus services.