The White House Revamps Mobile Site and Releases New Versions of Android, and iOS Apps, Source Code Also Released
More Americans rely on tablets and smart phones for news and information than ever before and we’ve certainly seen these trends reflected at WhiteHouse.gov. Over the past two years the number of mobile visits to the site has tripled, reaching 15.17% of total traffic. In order to meet this growing demand, we’ve relaunched the entire White House mobile program, making it even easier to see what’s going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
First, we revamped the mobile version of WhiteHouse.gov, giving it a new look and making more than 99% of the site available to mobile users. We’ve also released new versions of the White House apps for the iPhone and Android, rebuilding them from the ground up and adding several new features. For the first time, these apps are also fully compatible with the iPad and Android tablets.
Some of the apps’ features include:
- Live video streams of White House events
- Access to WhiteHouse.gov’s incomparable photo and video archives
- High resolution photos using iPad’s Retina display
- The latest news from the White House blog and press Briefing Room
- Tools to search WhiteHouse.gov, save your favorite items, and share them via Facebook and Twitter
- Notifications of breaking news and opportunities to take action
If you’re a mobile developer, we have news for you, too: we’ve released the source code for both White House mobile apps on GitHub. Now anyone, from civic hackers and local organizations to federal agencies, can freely download these apps, make changes, and use them for their own projects.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.