TCU Mobile app for Android updated

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    TCU Mobile for Android has new updates students can download to their phones to stay connected to campus.

    Danny Westfall, the application developer, said the new features include the mobilization of myTCU and more access to football, including live stats and parking information for game day.

    Students can also order food in the football stadium from their phone, Westfall said. To avoid concession stand lines, fans can enter their payment information and pick up their food once they receive a text message that their food is prepared. 

    Along with the updates, students with TCU Mobile can still find course information, an event calendar, athletics schedules and a GPS-enabled interactive map of campus. Students can even find an interactive map of the shuttle buses and their location at any time.

    "I use the updates on the athletics page all the time, especially the football section," sophomore business major Patrick Homa said. "I use the game schedule and look at the scores of last season's games."

    The update was developed at the university in order to have a closer relationship with students, Westfall said. 

    “Previously we had outsourced this development to a third party but decided to bring it in-house so that we can make changes however we want,” he said. 

    Later this semester, Technology Resources hopes to add access to class schedules and grades along with an add/drop feature, Westfall said. 

    Josh Harmon, director of enterprise application services, said the application, originally called iTCU, was released in 2009 and was only adapted for iPhone platforms. The goal was for students, faculty, staff and alumni to quickly access campus resources.

    Later, the application was adapted into TCU Mobile to accommodate the growing number of Android users on campus, Harmon said.

    Students can download TCU Mobile for free on Android phones and on the iPhone and iPad through iTunes.