We talk a lot about our native philosophy, and wanted to take a minute to show some of the benefits of native in action.
Texas Tech’s mobile app, TTU Mobile, leverages iPhone functionality, things like the device’s GPS in its campus maps as well as integrating directly with the phone’s address book. Modules within Mobile Central apps are also built to integrate with each other allowing, for example, a student browsing the course catalog to move seamlessly from the Courses module to Maps to see in what building a class is located, or to the Directory to get more information about or contact the instructor.
Similarly, DukeMobile for Android leverages these same native device capabilities in addition to Android-specific features like “widgets”. Widgets allow users to put important information found in the app directly on the homescreen of their device. So, that means you can browse news and even search the app without even opening it.
See how both work: