By: Jonathan Engelsma On: April 16, 2010 In: Blog, News Comments: 5
GVSU Laker Mobile is available on all Android phones running Android 1.6 and more recent.

GVSU Laker Mobile is available on all Android phones running Android 1.6 and more recent.

The GVSU Mobile Applications and Services Lab (MASL) is pleased to announce the availability of GVSU Laker Mobile on the Google Android Market. GVSU Laker Mobile puts all things GVSU right into your pocket: Campus news, maps, tweets, web-cams, photos, videos, directory services and more! The application is also available on the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad. You can read more about the application in our earlier announcement. We’re looking forward to your feedback on the application, and also appreciate your help in spreading the word.

To install the application on your phone simply visit the Android Market from your phone and search for “GVSU”. Please note that the application is available on all Android phones running Android version 1.6 and more recent. There are still some 1.5 devices out there in the N. American market, so if the search does not turn up the app, you may be still running 1.5 or earlier. If you find yourself in this situation, please check with your service provide to see if there is an update available for your phone, or to find out when it will become available.

Congratulations especially to GVSU School of Computing graduate students Richard Zhuang and Salman Qureshi who made substantial contributions to this project.

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Jonathan Engelsma leads the GVSU Mobile Applications and Services Lab. He is currently an Associate Professor in GVSU’s School of Computing. His research interests are in distributed and pervasive computing with a focus on mobile applications and services. Dr. Engelsma earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1993. He has over two decades of industry experience, including 16 years in various research and development positions with Motorola.


    • Joey
    • September 06, 2010
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    Glad to see that GVSU added this app to the Android Market & not just iPhone. It is a nice start, but I would like to see more utility in the app.

    Some suggestions:
    1. Add the GVSU event calendar.
    2. Add parking information
    3. Map is ideal for an app like this, but more information on each building.
    4. Add bookstore. The UBS page on GVSU website allows for building one’s schedule to see a list of books & their costs. If you could link this to the mobile app, then it would be a great feature for students text book hunting.
    5. Incorporate Banner & Blackboard. Understand this may be difficult since 3rd party companies, but something to see grades & homework would be great.
    6. Add bus routes & schedules
    7. Add Campus Dining- Checking meal plan balances, edit meal plans, daily menu. All done on GVSU website now, but better if we have access on mobile app.
    8. Link to Library catalog or document delivery

    Keep up the good work. With over 20,000 people at GVSU, a GVSU app could be a really helpful feature if relevant & not just eye candy.

    • jonathan
    • September 07, 2010
    • Reply

    Joey: Thanks for the excellent feedback. We’re hoping to publish an update in the near future.

    • Alek
    • October 06, 2010
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    Nice application. Incorporation of the people finder is especially nice. Look forward to more for GV mobile. Keep it up.

    As for the criticism side of this response, I noticed a few things when trying it out:

    News > GVSU School of Computing > GVSU School of CIS returns “No Connection of Invalid Feed.”

    Maps outright causes the program to crash, and a notification message with a “Force Restart” button appears.

    Using version 1.0.2 on a Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate) running Android 2.1, for your reference.

    In the future, is there a preferred place to submit bug reports?

    Thanks to the team again for their work on this application.

    • jonathan
    • October 06, 2010
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    Alek: Thanks much for the helpful feedback. You and our other Android users will be happy to know we are very close to releasing a major refresh of GVSU Laker Mobile on Android. This should fix the issues you report above, and give you some additional new features as well. In terms of reporting bugs, since you are running 2.x when you get the Force Close error dialogue you should have an opportunity at that point to electronically submit a problem report right from your phone. For other issues you can post them on this page or email me directly.

    Thanks again.

    • Augustus Grapes
    • February 13, 2011
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