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Blackboard Launches Enhanced Mobile Web and webOS Versions for Mobile Campus Services App

WASHINGTON Feb. 17, 2011 Blackboard Mobile Central

The new options further expand the number of users who can access the Blackboard Mobile Central suite of applications on a growing range of platforms and devices. Users can navigate interactive campus maps, access course catalogs, event calendars, campus news, sports scores and schedules, and even a campus directory that allows users to call or email instructors and classmates directly from the app.

Smart Mobile Web significantly improves the mobile Web version of the Blackboard Mobile Central suite, providing an enriched user experience with a look and feel similar to a native application. The Smart Mobile Web version also enables institutions to customize the app with school branding and colors. Meanwhile, the webOS application for Palm devices is a polished native application that conforms to the look and feel of webOS.

With the addition of webOS, Blackboard Mobile Central is now available in native applications for all major mobile platforms including Android™, BlackBerry®, iOS® for the Apple® iPhone® and iPod® touch. All of the versions are available at no extra cost to institutions using Blackboard Mobile Central, and the apps are free to students, instructors and others from the various app stores.

Florida State Michael Barrett Florida State University

Kayvon Beykpour

Smart Mobile Web for Blackboard Mobile Central supports browsers utilizing WebKit or Gecko layout engines or other modern browsers like Internet Explorer® 8 and Opera. This includes most iOS, Android, webOS and Windows Phone 7™ devices. The Blackboard Mobile Central mobile Web platform will automatically direct users to the best version for their devices. The Smart Mobile Web version includes Maps, Courses, Athletics, Directory, Events, News and Library.

The new webOS application for Palm devices includes Maps, Courses, Athletics, Directory, Events, News, Library, Videos, Images, Get Help and Links. Developed as a native application for the webOS platform, Blackboard Mobile Central for webOS leverages a device’s unique features to provide an engaging user experience, including:

  • Implements navigation in Palm using the native back gesture.
  • Efficiently uses space on the screen eliminating the need to have soft key icons/buttons.
  • Displays numbered results in Directory search (unique to the Palm Blackboard Mobile Central app)
  • Tint colors for creating a unique brand identity

http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central.aspx

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