A year after debuting in the Android Market, iPhone and Droid users alike are now able to utilize THON’s very own smartphone application.
The app, which was developed by Technology Committee (@TECH_FTK) captains from both this year and last, condenses the main points of THON’s website into a simple mobile package. App users can access news, photos from previous years, a calendar of events, and a link to donate from their mobile device.
Technology Overall Chris Kessler said that the committee debated the pros and cons of an app versus just optimizing THON’s website for mobile devices, but ultimately chose to develop the app.
“Creating an app will allow us to integrate more native app features that users have come to enjoy about their iPhones,” said Kessler, “As well, we believe that the app fills a gap that a mobile site would not.”
Since accomplishing the first step of making the app available in both the Android and Apple app stores, Kessler says that its developers are working to expand users’ ability to interact with the app, such as possible photo uploading capabilities. They are also exploring ways to incorporate the PASS System access within the app.