PROVO, Utah, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the success of its Mobile Admin app for the iPhone®, ParentLink® today announced the release of a new Android application for administrative users of the ParentLink notification service. Called ParentLink Admin, the new application is now available for download from the Android Market.
ParentLink launched its Mobile application for the Apple iPhone in June of this year and has received a tremendous response from administrators at customer districts who have downloaded and are using the application. Market analysts report that the Apple App Store recently reached 15 billion downloads while the Android Market has recorded 6 billion. And though there are almost twice as many apps on the Apple App Store than on the Android Market (425,000 vs. 250,000), new Android devices are being activated at a much higher rate than iOS devices, with some analysts predicting that there will be more Android devices than iOS devices in use by year's end. And based on requests from existing ParentLink customers, there is no reason to think that the education marketplace would be any different.
"All of our efforts are focused on making superintendents great at communication," said John Graff, President at ParentLink. "Adding an Android version of our Admin app to our growing mobile portfolio is a significant step in our efforts to make that communication easier and more powerful. These mobile applications give our customers a level of usability and performance that is unmatched in the industry. And ParentLink is quickly becoming the mobile apps leader in the K-12 market."
After downloading the new Android Mobile Admin app, ParentLink users can now quickly create and send messages to their entire school or district community or to targeted contact lists. This new app makes it even easier for ParentLink administrators to immediately respond to the urgent communication needs of their school or district, regardless of their current location. In a matter of seconds, a message can be created and sent either via phone call (land line or mobile), email, or SMS text—or all three.
The ParentLink notification service is used by thousands of schools and hundreds of districts, including 5 of the 10 largest districts in the country. The ParentLink Admin app brings the convenience of the Android smart phones to administrators who are already sending millions of messages every day through the ParentLink system. Once the app is installed, users simply log in with their existing ParentLink account and decide whether they want to create a new message or send a saved message. Users can also use the Message Tracking option in order to view message delivery status in real time.
The ParentLink Admin app is free and available immediately from the Android Market. For more information about all of the solutions from ParentLink, please visit: http://www.parentlink.net/mobile.
ParentLink is the complete communication solution for education, providing the tools to link schools, parents, students, and the community in one common objective—to improve the educational process. Exclusively serving the K-12 market for over 20 years, ParentLink provides administrators with a communication platform that will keep parents engaged and students achieving. ParentLink is the central communications hub for all of a district's various information systems, allowing educators to communicate the right information in the right way and at the right time. Every week, thousands of schools use ParentLink to securely send millions of messages to students, parents, and the community, in the form of phone calls, emails, SMS text messages, Facebook and Twitter posts, printed letters, and fax messages, or via the web. ParentLink is the all-in-one communication solution, helping educators improve parental outreach efforts and enjoy the benefits of increased student achievement.
Mark G. Child