Back when Motorola’s Moto X first launched, we got our first taste of the Motorola Spotlight Player app – an immersive application built by ATAP engineers that brings interactive short stories straight to your mobile device. That app is still only compatible with the Moto X, but since the ATAP team is now under Google’s ownership, a new version has just been published to the Play Store that brings support for many more Android devices.
It’s called Google Spotlight Stories, and it aims to bring more interactive content to many more Android smartphones. It’s not a huge departure from the original Motorola version of the app, though the UI is a bit more refined this time around. Here’s the full description if you’re interested:
Immerse yourself in a world of storytelling made just for mobile. Engineers and critically-acclaimed filmmakers are bringing stories to life using the latest advances in mobile technology. Using 3D and 2D animation, 360° spherical cinema-quality video, full-sphere surround sound, and sensor fusion techniques, the screen is now a window into a story that unfolds all around you. Look anywhere, follow individual characters, watch it over again and again. It’s a little different each time. Google Spotlight Stories is your mobile movie theater.
Along with the launch of the new app, Google has launched “HELP”, the very first live-action Spotlight Story, which is free for a limited time. It comes in at a massive 1GB in size, though there’s an option in the app’s settings that lets you download new stories via Wi-Fi only.
Since the new story is marked as “free for a limited time”, that’s a pretty good indicator that Google will begin charging for these stories sometime soon.
The app is only compatible with a few different devices at the start, but Google says it’s working to bring support to more devices in the future. If you’re interested in checking it out, head to the Play Store link below.