Ventura County, Calif., has added a dozen mobile applications to the state’s mobile app gallery, becoming the first local government to join the App Store-style website.
“Right now I’m pleased to say California has the most apps in its Mobile App Gallery of any state in the nation. We’re going to get even better at that because we just added … a bunch of apps for local government,” state CIO Carlos Ramos said last week.
Ramos said he expects other cities and counties to come aboard as well so that citizens don’t have to hunt around on different websites to find public-sector apps.
Last fall, officials unveiled improvements to the California Mobile Gallery, a one-stop storefront for apps from state agencies and departments. Taking cues from the Apple App store and Google Play store, the upgrades include responsive design, more searchability that makes finding apps easier, and an analytics system on the back end. Users may also leave comments and starred reviews.
The redesign was done entirely in-house by state staff.
This staff report was originally published by TechWire.