The University of Texas at Austin Introduces iPhone Application

Jan. 5, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin today (Jan. 5) introduced its free iPhone application featuring news, sports, events, campus maps and shuttle bus information, a campus directory, videos and more.

iPhone application menu screen

The application is part of a wider, ongoing communications effort to provide alumni, faculty, staff, students and others with the latest information from all of the university's colleges, schools and units. The university plans to add new content and features to the application over time.

"We're always looking for new ways to engage members of the UT family," President William Powers Jr. said. "Keeping UT at the fingertips of the university community is one more way to connect."

Among the application's features:

  • News — University news from breakthrough research to business, computing to medicine, arts to humanities and more.
  • Sports — Breaking news, schedules, standings, scores, team rosters, bios and photos.
  • Events — Sports, lectures, movie screenings, art exhibitions, symposiums and live performances.
  • Tower Talk — President Powers' blog on life at UT.
  • Campus maps — Search, pan and zoom in on UT campus buildings. Information about nearby UT shuttle stops, routes and arrival times.
  • Landmarks — Use Google Maps to locate dozens of mid- to late-20th century sculptures on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Includes an audio tour.
  • University directory — Search by first and last names for phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Tap to call, e-mail or locate on a map.
  • Extras — Longhorn Band songs, UT trivia and more.
  • UTv — University videos and photo gallery.

The university also plans to work on similar applications for other smart phone platforms.

To download the application, users may visit Apple's iTunes Store. More information about the application, which is also compatible with the iPod touch, can be found at http://www.utexas.edu/iphoneapp.

38 Comments to "The University of Texas at Austin Introduces iPhone Application"

1.  Cynthia Figueroa said on Jan. 5, 2010

It would be great if you could create an application for the Android market.

2.  W. Lawrence Lauck said on Jan. 5, 2010

A very clean, well-organized and useful app. I especially like the many video lectures. This is a must for UT alums. Quite impressive, but this is what I expect from my world class institution. Great job!

3.  Bruce Pennycook said on Jan. 6, 2010

This looks fabulous, and I am going to try it today. But this page does not credit the developers. Who made this?

Perhaps a companion page with "technical notes" on how this was done and by whom at UT.

4.  Laura said on Jan. 6, 2010

Really cool! Any idea how many downloads happened on the first day?

5.  Brian said on Jan. 6, 2010

I would love a similar app on the Android market.

6.  Nancy Tien said on Jan. 6, 2010

Sounds like a great app! But what about those using Android?

7.  gu said on Jan. 6, 2010

We want the same app on other platforms, too. For example, Windows Mobile. From my Windows Mobile phone.

8.  nj said on Jan. 6, 2010

This is cool. I just read about U-Dub's system. This is a great move toward the future, and I'm happy that UT is being a part of it.

9.  Priscilla said on Jan. 7, 2010

I have seen this application on a friend's iPhone today, and it is simply amazing and a must-have for students and alumni alike.

Hopefully I will find this nifty app on the Android market very soon!

10.  Ron Williams said on Jan. 7, 2010

Clean, professional, easy to navigate, good variety of information and services. Nice job!

11.  Bob Smith said on Jan. 7, 2010

Fun! Thanks!

12.  Talitha May said on Jan. 7, 2010

What clean design offering useful and diverse information! Bravo, UT!

13.  Lin Zagorski said on Jan. 7, 2010

I second Cynthia's point. An app for the Android market would be wonderful! Are there plans to create this app for more devices?

14.  Kevin said on Jan. 7, 2010

Very useful, but it might help to include the name of the app, even it is called The University of Texas at Austin, in the article to make it easier for people to search for.

15.  William Liechty said on Jan. 7, 2010

Agreed. An app for the Android market would be great.

16.  gale garth carroll said on Jan. 7, 2010

I'm very surprised to find that you haven't developed an iPhone app for the School of Architecture, especially when my search revealed Texas A&M does. I've seen the new app for UT, however, no link to the School of Architecture. Come on, guys!

17.  Carlos Diaz said on Jan. 7, 2010

Great, but cannot play the songs. How do you do it?

18.  Teresa Arnold said on Jan. 7, 2010

As a Texas Ex, it helps to stay connected. Thanks!

19.  Charles Isbell said on Jan. 7, 2010

This sounds like "a giant leap" for alumni and current professors and students. It has been a long time since 1959, and I am still "attempting" to stay in the same ballpark!

20.  Charles Isbell said on Jan. 7, 2010

This appears to be a giant step for keeping up with your goings-on. I think I will try it.

21.  Melody said on Jan. 7, 2010

Awesome! Although a little unrelated, when is UFCU going to put out an iPhone app?

22.  Betty said on Jan. 7, 2010

Great work! Would this work with the Instinct HD phones?

23.  Brenda M said on Jan. 7, 2010

I'd love to see this for the Blackberry!

24.  joanie said on Jan. 7, 2010

Awesome! Please make it for the Palm Pre!

25.  Terri Laughlin McCaslin said on Jan. 12, 2010

How do those of us in the hinterlands of New Mexico get started? Thanks!

26.  sarah said on Jan. 15, 2010

Any chance can get an app like this for BlackBerry users?

27.  rebecca said on Jan. 31, 2010

Is there a similar app for BlackBerry users?

28.  Miiky Myers said on March 23, 2010

Great application. Awesome! Please make it for the Palm Pre!

29.  david said on March 30, 2010

This app desperately needs to be released on Android.

30.  kelly said on April 22, 2010

this is a great way to stay connected to the 40 acres but when will it be availiable for other smart phones?

31.  Al said on May 28, 2010

Where is my free BlackBerry UT app?

32.  Ryan said on July 22, 2010

Hey y'all, I just released a UT Android app last night. It's called UTexas Maps, and it's free. Check it out.

33.  Justin said on Aug. 13, 2010

Hey, Ryan, it's really cool! Thanks for the Android app!

34.  Debbie said on Sept. 16, 2010

Please make an Android app. I'd love to use it for my Samsung phone.

35.  trod said on July 30, 2011

Access to the electronic resources from the library would be _excellent_.

36.  Don said on Sept. 11, 2011

Can you make this available to the Android Market?? I would love to have it. Used to have it on the iPhone, but I upgraded to android.

37.  Jim said on Jan. 10, 2012

Two years, and still no Android version? C'mon, UT!

38.  Ben Tsao said on Jan. 16, 2012

please make one for android. I would love to be able to use one as a student at the University like my friends who do have the app.