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ORU mobile app vendor to update technology

ORUAppInterfaceAfter almost two years live, ORU’s mobile application has faced challenges as students question the app’s performance and relevancy of its content.

Student Kenny Saffold said he began using the app to check his email, but it has been a while since it has worked.

“I eventually disabled the app because it was always trying to reload if I tried to check the  latest ORU news or my email,” Saffold said.

In October 2012, the university released its official mobile application powered by U-360 Mobile for Android and iPhone users. The ORU app is the students’ go-to for answers to many of their campus questions, such as Saga menu options, emergency contact numbers and operating hours.

“A lot of information is old news,” Senior Elandra Dabney said. “A lot of people are not informed that there is an app.”

ORU Director of Marketing James Hart is hopeful that issues like these will be resolved.

Hart said U-360, the vendor that provides the app for ORU, is updating their technology this fall.

“We will have the ability to find out what everyone is actually finding most useful,” Hart said. “This will give us the ability to make sure those sections are getting all the attention that they need. And if there are sections people are not using, we can remove them from the app and save everyone memory on their phones.” Dabney said she is looking forward to the updates. “This generation is very tech savvy; it is great to see the university cater to this generation,” Dabney said.

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