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Students develop a free app for Android devices

Two students from the University and the STC training centre have developed an application for mobile devices running on Android 1.6 or higher to help users to locate over 170 free public Wi-Fi hotspots installed by the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) around Malta and Gozo.

The application can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store, where it has been ranked 18th and 19th among the Top Free Applications.

The students who developed the app were John Aquilina Alamango, a student on the University’s B.Sc. (Hons) course in ICT in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Computer Information, and Jonathan Mallia, who is reading for a B.Sc. (Hons) in Internet Application Development at the STC training centre.

They developed the app while they were engaged by the MCA as part of its student support programme during the summer to enable them to put into practice operational and technical skills in the field of ICT.

Further value-added en­hancements are expected to be undertaken in the coming months, together with the development of a similar app for iPhone devices.

For further details, visit www.mca.org.mt/free-wi-fi-locator-smartphone-application.

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