iOS Photo- and Video-sharing and Social Networking App: Instagram-like app targeting youngsters
For its smart TV related project, the client was looking for an experienced technology partner with a solid technical background at large and a combination of mobile and smart TV app implementation experience in particular. Besides demonstrating the required expertise, Softeq also came up with a gamut of ideas for realizing the solution concept in the most efficient way. Thus the company won the project, starting with the prototyping phase.
Softeq was to create an Android mobile instant messging app accessible on smartphones, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV with the possibility to interactively chat without interrupting the program or movie broadcast.
Softeq developed a messenger, a multi-platform app with social media networking features, that enables on-screen interaction while watching live television. The users can send IM from mobile to mobile, mobile to smart TV, or smart TV to mobile.
The on-screen interaction during a live TV streaming is possible thanks to the messenger overlay feature.
The server part hosts two databases for storing the user account related data on a permanent basis and the chat history as temporary data. A special search system indexes all the available information thus making it accessible for the app.
In order to log into the messenger installed on a smart TV set, the user has to go through an authentication process utilizing the mobile app version.
For managing the product development, the team employed Scrum, an iterative and incremental agile software development methodology. Softeq has also introduced the Kanban project management method to keep a clear vision of the workflow and individual item progress for all the parties involved.
The solution is going through the stabilization phase with the team putting some finishing touches to the messenger before the release.