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Instant Messenger for Live Streaming, Implemented in a Smart TV App

Multi-platform app with social media networking features, that enables on-screen interaction during a live TV streaming

  • Android OS
  • Android TV
  • Smart TV
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Redis
  • Node.js
  • Elastic Search
Solution IM solution for live Smart TV and smartphones
Industry Media and Entertainment
Engagement model Fixed Price followed by T&M
Methodology

Scrum/Kanban

Team
  • Android Developer (TV)
  • Android Developer
  • Smart TV Developer
  • Project Manager
  • QA Engineer
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Customer

Problem

The client was looking for an experienced technology partner with a solid technical background and a combination of mobile and smart TV app implementation experience in particular.

Softeq was to create an Android mobile instant messaging app accessible on smartphones, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV with the possibility to interactively chat without interrupting the program or movie broadcast.

Solution

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.

Key app features:

  • One-on-one or group chats (Private or Public)
  • Unlimited number of participants for each group
  • Multiple accounts
  • Multiple sign-in methods via: Email, Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter
  • Multiple device sign-in
  • Keyword tagging to enable finding contacts with similar interests or Trending Chats
  • Customizing user Profile
  • Multiple app window sizes or orientations: Portrait mode, Landscape mode, Floating mode, Minimize, and Customize
  • User sign-up and status update tracking
  • Making the conversation window transparent
  • Links for requesting Help and Support

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.