Perfecting the Presidential Election App
With the Presidential race heating up and Election Day now clear on the horizon, it is practically guaranteed that the candidates will appear in news headlines everyday from now until November. And today’s 24-hour news cycle, with constant polling and countless “breaking” stories, threatens information overload. But a new app, built on Titanium, allows iPhone users to follow the 2012 election in the way that best suits them. With Presidential Election Race 2012, developed by Grand Parade Ltd, you can check on how the overall race is shaping up, select individual states you need updates on, and get essential campaign news from a wide variety of media sources, all on-the-go. This app provides a realistic way to follow the country’s biggest event in today’s mobile environment.
The developers from Grand Parade, also behind Close Up, the UK sports and betting magazine app for iPad, are no strangers to statistics and up-to-the-minute odds; this explains why the Presidential app’s coolest feature is its unique electoral scoreboard. Users can view results from an average of over 60 national opinion polls, peer-to-peer betting exchanges, or public opinion snapshots according to trends on Twitter and other social media sites. Results are displayed on a swing dial, which, true to its name, shows precisely how public opinion “swings” to the Left or Right.
Poll numbers can be taken from the national scope down to individual states as well, with options to filter by party lines, swing states, or margin size. The app is complete with stats on how each state is trending, the number of electoral votes each state delivers, and the history of how each state has voted since 1940. With a veritable encyclopedia of election info before them, users will certainly be capable of making on-point predictions come fall.
Technology has completely changed the game on the campaign trail. We live in an age of heightened transparency and viral videos, where news breaks faster than you can blink. That’s why the 2012 election presents the perfect use case for mobile. With push notifications, a timeline feature, and multi-touch gestures to navigate the campaignmap, app users will always be in the know. The developers from Grand Parade chose to develop on Titanium in order to hone these features to their fullest potential, swiftly and effectively across multiple platforms. Lead developer Beejay Morgan said of developing with Titanium,” We do work that requires scalability and we’re feeding a lot of content into the app. Titanium handles it all.”
Grand Parade has taken advantage of their background in betting odds to provide an app that presents poll numbers like no other on the market. And unlike the New York Times or Washington Post mobile election apps which only run articles and polls from their respective publications, this app is able to offer users news and numbers from all the leading sources. The end result is a comprehensive election app that offers an experience as broad or narrow as you like.
Expect a release of Presidential Election Race 2012 for iPad and Android by August, just in time for the all-but-official Republican candidate Mitt Romney to be welcomed at the Republican National Convention in Florida. For now, you can download the app for the iPhone $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.