Recommended Mobile Applications

This list comprises the University's recommendations for mobile apps that are generally class-leading and/or in wide use at Penn, or support a specific Penn service. If there are any categories or apps that you believe to be useful to the broader Penn community and that should be included, please let us know by contacting ISC Client Care.

While the applications in the tables below are recommended by Information Systems & Computing (ISC) for general-purpose campuswide use, many schools and units have standardized on the use of specific software. Faculty and staff should speak to their local support provider to determine what products are supported and recommended before selecting and purchasing software; students may with to consult with their schools.

Category APP Penn Service GET IT APP Info
Browsers Chrome   iTunes App Store, free An alternative web browser to the built-in browsers on iOS and Android. Particularly useful for users syncing their bookmarks and preferences with their google accounts.
Documents Box for iPhone and iPad Penn+Box iTunes App Store, free Box for iPhone and iPad is the mobile app interface to the University's Penn+Box service. The app allows access to files and folders stored on Box, the saving of files to the device for offline reading, and uploading and downloading to and from your device. Also available for Android.
Documents Kindle   iTunes App Store, free Amazon's client for Kindle. Can open books purchased or rented from the Kindle store (e.g. textbooks), open epub format books, and more.
Documents Quickoffice   iTunes App Store, free  An office suite from Google that interacts with Google Drive and allows users to edit Microsoft Office documents.
Documents iWork   iTunes App Store, $9.99 per app  Apple's office suite, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Probably the best office suite choice for users of iCloud. Free for new iOS device purchases as of October 2013.
Mail & Groupware Gmail   iTunes App Store, free Google's client for Gmail, offering enhanced functionality for Gmail accounts above and beyond the built-in Mail App. Useful for connecting to student Google mail accounts provided by Penn's schools.
Mail & Groupware Touchdown Exchange iTunes App Store, $19.99 An alternative Exchange Activesync client that keeps all Exchange notifications (Mail, Calendar, Tasks, etc) encapsulated within the app.
Mail & Groupware Divide Exchange iTunes App Store, free An alternative Exchange Activesync and persona management client that keeps all Exchange notifications (Mail, Calendar, Tasks, etc) encapsulated within the app.
Security 1Password   iTunes App Store, $17.99 A password manager application for mobile devices; syncs with 1Password's desktop application through iCloud and other web services.
Security Google Authenticator

Penn 2-Step Verification

iTunes App Store, free Google's code-generating app for 2 Step Verification; works with Penn's 2 Step Verification, Google 2 Step, AWS multi-factor, Github 2 Step, and more.
Tasks Remember the Milk   iTunes App Store, free A cross-platform To-Do list manager with a rich feature set. Pro accounts are optional for $25 yearly.
Teaching & Learning Canvas Canvas iTunes App Store, free The mobile app interface for Canvas, Penn's courseware package. Allows you to access grades, assignments, files, discussions, and other Canvas features.
Teaching & Learning Piazza   iTunes App Store, free The mobile client for Piazza, a discussion-focused web app popular in some Penn schools.
Teaching & Learning Lynda Lynda at  Penn iTunes App Store, free A web-based learning platform with video training modules to pick up on new skills.
Teleconferencing BlueJeans Supported by some Penn schools and centers iTunes App Store, free A class-leading teleconferencing app popular on Penn's campus. 
Teleconferencing Skype iTunes App Store, free One of the most popular and long-lived teleconferencing applications.
Travel Google Maps iTunes App Store, free The mobile client for Google Maps, perhaps the best maps application, which includes turn-by-turn navigation.
Travel Concur Concur iTunes App Store, free The official client for Concur, Penn's Travel & Expense Management web application. Allows Penn travelers to log submit expenses as they travel, including importing receipts from the mobile device camera.
Travel Google Translate   iTunes App Store, free A mobile translation service with features such as conversation mode, offline files, and direct translation dictionaries
Utilities VMWare Horizon View Penn school and center services (e.g.) iTunes App Store, free A virtual desktop platform for accessing a Windows instance on your iOS or Android based mobile device.
Utilities Swiftkey iTunes App Store, free A gesture-based keyboard replacement for Android devices. Increase input speed and accuracy by using swipe gestures and predictive typing. (iOS - A keyboard replacement for use with Evernote, including a predictive text component to improve typing accuracy on iOS devices)
Utilities Feedly iTunes App Store, free The mobile client for Feedly, a leading RSS/Atom feed reader web application and apparent heir to the now deprecated Google Reader.
Category APP Penn Service GET IT APP Info
Browsers Chrome   Google Play Store, free An alternative web browser to the built-in browsers on iOS and Android. Particularly useful for users syncing their bookmarks and preferences with their google accounts.
Documents Box for Android Penn+Box Google Play Store, free Box for iPhone and iPad is the mobile app interface to the University's Penn+Box service. The app allows access to files and folders stored on Box, the saving of files to the device for offline reading, and uploading and downloading to and from your device. Also available for Android.
Documents Kindle   Google Play Store, free Amazon's client for Kindle. Can open books purchased or rented from the Kindle store (e.g. textbooks), open epub format books, and more.
Documents Quickoffice   Google Play Store, free  An office suite from Google that interacts with Google Drive and allows users to edit Microsoft Office documents.
Mail & Groupware Gmail   Google Play Store, free Google's client for Gmail, offering enhanced functionality for Gmail accounts above and beyond the built-in Mail App. Useful for connecting to student Google mail accounts provided by Penn's schools.
Mail & Groupware Touchdown Exchange Google Play Store: Android 2.x, Android 3.x and up, $19.99 (license sold separately from apps) An alternative Exchange Activesync client that keeps all Exchange notifications (Mail, Calendar, Tasks, etc) encapsulated within the app.
Mail & Groupware Divide Exchange Google Play Store, free An alternative Exchange Activesync and persona management client that keeps all Exchange notifications (Mail, Calendar, Tasks, etc) encapsulated within the app.
Security 1Password   Google Play Store, free A password manager application for mobile devices; syncs with 1Password's desktop application through iCloud and other web services.
Security Google Authenticator

Penn 2-Step Verification

Google Play Store, free Google's code-generating app for 2 Step Verification; works with Penn's 2 Step Verification, Google 2 Step, AWS multi-factor, Github 2 Step, and more.
Tasks Remember the Milk   Google Play Store, free A cross-platform To-Do list manager with a rich feature set. Pro accounts are optional for $25 yearly.
Teaching & Learning Canvas Canvas Google Play Store, free The mobile app interface for Canvas, Penn's courseware package. Allows you to access grades, assignments, files, discussions, and other Canvas features.
Teaching & Learning Piazza   Google Play Store, free The mobile client for Piazza, a discussion-focused web app popular in some Penn schools.
Teaching & Learning Lynda Lynda at Penn Google Play Store, free A web-based learning platform with video training modules to pick up on new skills.
Teleconferencing BlueJeans Supported by some Penn schools and centers Google Play Store, free A class-leading teleconferencing app popular on Penn's campus. 
Teleconferencing Skype Google Play Store, free One of the most popular and long-lived teleconferencing applications.
Travel Google Maps Google Play Store, free The mobile client for Google Maps, perhaps the best maps application, which includes turn-by-turn navigation.
Travel Concur Concur Google Play Store, free The official client for Concur, Penn's Travel & Expense Management web application. Allows Penn travelers to log submit expenses as they travel, including importing receipts from the mobile device camera.
Travel Google Translate   Google Play Store, free A mobile translation service with features such as conversation mode, offline files, and direct translation dictionaries
Utilities VMWare Horizon View Penn school and center services (e.g.) Google Play Store, free A virtual desktop platform for accessing a Windows instance on your iOS or Android based mobile device.
Utilities Swiftkey Google Play Store, free A gesture-based keyboard replacement for Android devices. Increase input speed and accuracy by using swipe gestures and predictive typing. (iOS - A keyboard replacement for use with Evernote, including a predictive text component to improve typing accuracy on iOS devices)
Utilities Feedly Google Play Store, free The mobile client for Feedly, a leading RSS/Atom feed reader web application and apparent heir to the now deprecated Google Reader.
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Date Posted: March 7, 2014

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