The BYU-Idaho mobile application will soon be entering into beta testing for Android and iOS devices.
“The BYU-I app is a proof of concept,” said Jeffrey Dunster, the online communication coordinator. “We wanted to see how hard it was to develop it. For the past three years, the possibility of creating and releasing an app to students and the public has been a growing concept.”
Dunster said as more students and faculty frequently use their mobile devices to access the school’s many websites, the need for a mobile app is apparent.
Dunster said University Relations plan to use beta testing for the app during the next three months and work with the testers to receive feedback. Changes will occur based on what testers like about the app andwhat features could be added or removed to become more effective.
Dunster said BYU-I University Relations has been collecting data about smartphone access to the school websites since 2010.
“I use my smartphone a lot,” said Emma Steidley, a freshman studying agriculture education composite. “I mostly use the campus map to find my way around, and that app would be useful.”
Dunster said smartphones were used to access BYU-I’s website 1.07 million times in 2010 and 15.17 million times in 2014.
“As of last year, the school websites are designed for mobile phones first before desktops,” Dunster said.
University Relations is looking for volunteers to test the beta app.
Anyone can beta test the new app and many other features the school is working on, according to the beta tester Web page.
“For the past eight months, the BYU-I app has been going through creative development,” Dunster said. “This month the app will be released to select beta testers who will be testing and giving feedback on the app.”
Beta testers such as students, parents and faculty members are welcome to join the testing, according to the BYU-Idaho Beta Tester Facebook page.
Dunster said they will be selecting 500 Android and 500 iOS users to be the beta testers.
“If everything goes well and smoothly through beta testing, the official release of the app should be mid-summer this year,” Dunster said.
More information about the app and beta testing can be found at byui.edu/betatester.