CPP releases updated app with new features

By Izbel Torres

Cal Poly Pomona’s Division of Information Technology has released a new university app to help keep the campus community updated with the latest information.

The app, named CPP Mobile 2.0, has been rebuilt with a new design and new features. One of the features of the app gives students the ability to register and drop classes. Students can also view their schedules, grades and holds.

“It’s a feature that we have been wanting to add into the app because it pretty much puts yet another common function that students need,” said Jonathan Tran, application developer at Campus and Web Applications. “So in a way, we are helping to make this easier for [students] to do on the go, instead of having to sit in front of a computer.”

According to Tran, the new class registration feature became available because of new technology.

“At the time of the first app, we didn’t have all the pieces in place to be able to support class registration,” said Tran. “As time passed and ” technology got better, we were given the ability to use the technology to make that possible.”

The app has been available for download since Oct. 10, but some students have not heard of the app and have yet to download it.

“I just used [the old app] this morning,” said Sean Quilatan, a second-year graphic design student. “I saw the little tab that says ‘download the new app,’ but I haven’t downloaded it yet.”

Quilatan often uses the CPP app to check the course catalog for course pre-requisites and general education courses, but he sees the benefit of being able to register for classes from a smartphone.

“I think people find it pretty hard to go to their laptops, log on and setup,” said Quilatan. “Of course you want to fight for classes, but I think this [new app] is a new start. ” You can just take out your phone and add and drop [classes], so I think this is pretty helpful.”

Second-year biology student Jorge Villanueva plans to download the new app because of its new registration feature.

“I use the older version of the app, and it is nice,” said Villanueva. “I like to structure my schedule, and with the added registration [option], it would be more efficient for us Cal Poly [Pomona] students to actually do it on our phone right away. It is hard for students to get classes, and we always want to try to get them as quick as we can.”

CPP Mobile 2.0 is a completely different app from its predecessor, CPP Mobile. The first version of the app has been retired and will no longer be updated.

According to Tran, the original app will be phased out by the end of the year, and CPP Mobile 2.0 will become the official CPP Mobile.

While the app is available, it will be officially introduced in the coming weeks.

“At the moment, we are soft launching the app,” said Tran. “We also have plans to announce the app to the campus community in a few weeks as well so that everyone is aware that there is a brand new app for them to download and use.”

One of the app’s newer features is the use of Google Maps to direct the user around campus, making it easier to find a certain location or building at CPP.

“You can tell that it’s a really big comparison between the old [app] and the new [app],” said Tran. “The new one is backed by Google, and you’re able to look and search a lot easier. Using the GPS on you phone, you are also able to see where you are and where a certain building [is]; you get a better idea of how to get from point A to point B.”

The new app displays campus events, has access to Blackboard and provides Bronco Express shuttle stops and times. CPP Mobile 2.0 is free to download from iTunes and Google Play.

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