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Android YouTown app offered in Allen County

Statement issued Thursday by the Allen County Public Information Office:

(October 13, 2011) — Allen County residents can now access County government news, maps, events and services from their Android-powered devices.

Long-awaited and eagerly anticipated, the latest version of the YouTown app is now available for download in the Android Market. Previously, the app had only been available to owners of iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

YouTown allows the publication of various types of public data — all of which are easily viewable on your mobile device. Using an easy-to-navigate interface, you can browse recent news, check out local events, and find resources for civic services. Here’s a quick look at what Allen County is currently offering on YouTown:

Maps allows you to quickly find County buildings and landmarks, parks, libraries and other locations using the familiar Google-map format. News is the place for keeping up with County government releases, important advisories and traffic alerts from the Public Information Office. Events keeps you informed about upcoming meetings, festivals, activities and holiday closings. Services is a convenient tool for learning about things such as applying for Homestead exemptions, making public records requests and viewing property record cards online.

YouTown app versions for iOS and Android devices can be downloaded at youtown.com/apps. The app is free to download and Allen County government incurs no cost to provide this service. Blackberry and mobile web versions of YouTown are in the final stages of development and are expected to be released soon.

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