Can you believe it was three years ago that the original TouchIT App Store was released? How time flies! Whilst the 1.0 release has had some upgrades over the past couple of years, most notably in terms of speed of downloading, we are so excited to release the brand new, totally re-written version from the ground up of the TouchIT App Store – Version 2.0
So What is new?
In short – everything! Technology changes so as a company, we have to continue to develop and push forward utilising the latest in programming languages. Version 2.0 was a total re-write on all fronts – both on the backend servers and also the APK (the Android version!) that is installed on the LEDs
The back end servers is really where all the magic happens. We have some pretty cool algorithms that allow us to add user requested apps a lot faster to the store. The way in which we parse and process the requests means that for you, the end user, the apps download SO MUCH QUICKER to your LED which is what you want. We control the download environment a lot more on version 2.0 to ensure that the process is somewhat seamless.
The Android Version like the web, has had a UI re-design which is quite nice and there is now the ability to create yourself an account with Social Profiles which we didn’t have before – again makes the user experience more seamless. We use our social profiles for so much more these days so it makes sense to make it a part of Version 2.0
- Its Faster
- New App Categories (like Spanish for example)
- Social Media Login
- New User Interface
Request an App!
We always say the TouchIT App Store is by no means a definitive list of Apps that can be used on the TouchIT LED – quite the contrary. We actually want to continue to evolve and add applications so that we can keep expanding the store. What we have added to the 2.0 Version of the App is the ability for the user to request an Application directly from the LED or the Webstore itself. This means that the tech support team should get the requests quicker and we expect to be receiving a lot more of these requests which will help us to continue to expand the store.
Customizable School and District Accounts
We have been asked many times over the last few years whether it is possible to customize the store. “Can we get our own version” regularly pops up as a question during School and District Presentations. Well, we’re pleased to announce that we are now able to do this. We can create an “Admin” account for the School or District and then they are able to add the teachers to that account. Only the applications that the IT Admin chooses will be available to the teachers – this gives them the ability to customize their App Store for the first time. This is particularly useful in States such as Connecticut where mandatory software registration with the State is in place for anything that is used in the classroom.
The Upgrade Process
The upgrade process is pretty straight forward for our users. They will all get a few email invitations to upgrade the App over the next couple of weeks. We will also replace the active Apps in version 1.0 of the App Store with the new V2 version so they users can use the old store to download the new store. All Accounts have been moved over to the new V2 App Store. At the end of the month (February) we will discontinue version 1.0 of the App Store.
For more information and to test drive the store, please visit http://V2.touchitappstore.com