Newly designed CityU Mobile App v2
It has been more than a decade since Apple launched the first iPhone. Since then, the growth of the mobile landscape has never ceased. In 2018, there are 3.5 billion active smartphones worldwide, and it is estimated to reach 5 billion by 2023, which is equivalent to 65% of the global population . There is no doubt that mobile devices have become a large part of our daily life.
Every year new mobile features and capabilities are released - Apple's FaceID , Google's App Actions with Google Assistant , and Samsung's potential foldable phone  to name a few. To keep up the pace, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) had embarked on a CityU mobile app redevelopment project a year ago, which was first introduced in 2013. In August 2018, CityU Mobile v2 was released with significantly improved user experience over the v1, and at the same time v2 is endowed with new functionalities and architecture.
Design and Features
Once you launch CityU Mobile v2, the first thing you would notice is a grid of colourful module icons that replaces the previous single colour icon set. The colour palette used in this new icon set was carefully chosen by our UX designer in order to bring up a bright and energetic mood for our end users, which is also coherent with the CityU’s new brand essence of being bold, energetic, and forward-looking.
The overall design of the application referenced Google Material Design  system. A grid-based layout has been adopted throughout all the mobile screens and system icons, thus allowing a flexible user interface design across the modules while maintaining a certain level of consistency. Everything is hand-crafted to pixel perfection to ensure a sharp non-distorted appearance no matter what pixel density is adopted in your mobile device.
The Core Technologies
When CityU Mobile v1 was built back in 2013, the Adobe AIR technology chosen was the most capable hybrid mobile development approach at the time. With the end-of-life of Adobe Flash being announced  and the performance limit of the Adobe AIR platform, we had to look for an alternative development platform.
Powered by IT Services and Students
Similar to the development of v1, CityU Mobile v2 is a collaboration between the CityU IT Services and our talented students from various academic departments. Our students could experience how to adopt design sprint, SCRUM-based agile development approach, collaboration through GitFlow, etc. In return, their involvement ensures that CityU Mobile v2 caters to both our staff’s and students' actual needs.
Shortly after the initial v2 release, a few minor versions have already been published with further UX enhancements and general bug fixes. On our roadmap, there are already tons of features coming up, including car park availability, print quota enquiry, integration with Google Indoor Maps, and more.
Furthermore, to align with our mobile strategy of app consolidation as well as to further achieve our goal "With All You Need in Campus", CityU Mobile v2 will migrate functions gradually from other CityU mobile apps like AIMS, CAP, Student Orientation, Information Day, etc.
If you have not tried out CityU Mobile yet, download now through Apple App Store  and Google Play .
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