Smartphone Search and Seizure App Update

Last year, I announced the debut of “the School of Government’s first smartphone app, a guide to the law of search and seizure called ASSET.” Over 4,000 people installed the app, and reviews termed it a “great resource” and “very useful.”

New version. We have just finished a new version of the app. The new edition:

  • Updates the app to include recent developments in the law, such as Florida v. Jardines, 569 U.S. __ (2013), the Supreme Court’s dog sniff case.
  • Includes more case citations throughout.
  • Significantly expands treatment of issues surrounding probation, parole, and post-release supervision.

For iPhone. The updated iPhone version is now available in the Apple App Store. Hopefully, current users have been prompted to upgrade. If not, you should be able to install the new version through the App Store. New users are welcome, too, of course!

And now, for Android. For the first time, we also have an Android version, which is available here in the Google Play store. We’ve had many, many requests for an Android version so we are thrilled to roll it out.

Still free, thanks to partners. The app remains completely free of charge. Several partners helped make this possible, especially the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. Also partners, but in a different way, are my colleagues here at the School of Government who helped me with the content.

Feedback and reviews. As always, we value your feedback and suggestions about the app. If you like ASSET and find it useful, please take a moment to review it in the app store. In the interest of not being annoying, we didn’t include a pop-up prompt of the kind so common in the app world. (“Would you like to give this app a five star review?”) But in order for the app to attract additional users and in order to justify continued updating and expansion of the app, we still need app store ratings and reviews.

Teaser. Finally, be on the lookout for another mobile app to be announced soon on this blog. Stay tuned!

8 thoughts on “Smartphone Search and Seizure App Update”

  1. Can you provide the date of the new update.. the version on my iPhone App lists 2/15/13, and doesn’t seem to indicate (or allow) an update either passively or from the App Store.

      • That’s the most recent version. The legal work on the content is current as of February 15, 2013. We got the technical work done and put it in the Apple App Store a couple of weeks ago. The Android version went into the Google Play Store late last night. Sorry for any confusion.

    • No. And based on our survey results, there aren’t enough Blackberry users to justify building a Blackberry version, unfortunately.


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