In your last blog post, dig into this discussion of native app versus HTML 5 (listen to Deidre Radio) as if you were a content developer for, say, the Lumberjack student newspaper or KRFH radio. Would it be worth your while to develop a native app for HSU students’ smart phones? Back up your decision with some of observations made by panel members at paidcontent 2013 or outside research.
“Apps will replace channels, remote controls will disappear, and screens will proliferate…” (Mike Snider 2013) The future is in the apps, and all it takes is a touch of your finger and you open a whole new world of technology. The World Wide Web has become the new television because of the newly introduced HTML 5. Technology changes so much, I don’t think I can keep up with it. Last Christmas I got the iPhone 4S and by the next year, iPhone 4S’s were the old and iPhone 5S and C’s were the new. No matter what you get, whether it be a Samsung X Galaxy or an iPhone C, there will always be a better technological gadget coming, its inevitable.
So with all this talk about HTML 5 and the native apps on certain mobile devices, if I were to design a native app for HSU students’ smartphones, I would probably create something that would be relevant for all students. If I were a content developer for the Lumberjack student newspaper, I would probably design an app specifically for myHumboldt. myHumboldt is incredibly easy to navigate within computer desktops and laptops, but having an app on your smart phone device will only make student’s lives a whole lot easier. This app will have instant access to myHumboldt, so it can save your login information and you won’t have to keep signing in every time you need it. Instead of having to use a computer or searching for Humboldt.edu on your iPhone, you can now access myHumboldt with just a touch of your finger. It will save students a whole lot of time and effort. And since myHumboldt has everything you need in one page, the app will have all the same information, but much more organized and easy to navigate. So this might not be the best native app for other people, but with the thousands of students who need and use myHumboldt frequently, I think it will be useful for them.
Every year Humboldt is trying to stay on top of all the technological advances, but if they really want to up their game, they need to start creating applications on all the smartphones that students and faculty use. In a recent article titled, “Smartphone Use by College Students [Infographic]”, “53% of college students own a smartphone and 47% own a feature phone. 92% of college students use their phone during idle time at school or work.” (Payne, 2012) Since students are always on their smartphones, it would make sense that Humboldt should create an application either for educational or entertainment purposes. There’s no lie that smartphones are taking over society because of the apps they have. Humboldt has to stay in the game, otherwise they will be living in iPhone 3S world, and trust me, if you own an iPhone 3s, you’re pretty much living in the past.
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