Android 2.0

October 4, 2019 Josiah Feuerbacher

Hey FWIer’s! This week, I want to talk a little bit about an exciting new product release from FWI. Later this month, we will be releasing version 2.0 of our Content Player (CP) for Android.

If you aren’t familiar with our Android offering, don’t worry; you're not alone. When version 1.0 of CP for Android was released, it was distributed on a per-customer basis, direct from FWI, and only for a specific hardware device supplied by FWI. This limited distribution was intentional. We needed to gather some feedback from users in real-world scenarios.

Version 2.0 of the CP for Android will be much more accessible. It will be released as a free app on Google Play. All you need to configure it is a published web URL from Content Manager Web. This release marks the next step in delivering traditional digital signage paired with a true mobile experience to end users, all managed through a single software platform. Visual Communications is the phrase we use to describe the holistic picture of managing and distributing digital content and experiences, and Content Player for Android is the natural progression of that toolset.

Some of the key features that I am most excited about:

  • Native Keyboard Support: The Android keyboard can be displayed on the screen, allowing user’s interactions to be captured by variables in the application.
  • Content Transitions: A number of the visual elements already available in the other Players are now available on Android, such as transitions between content items, and pages of Live Data.
  • Kiosk Mode: Corporate-owned, single-use (COSU) devices running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or later can now be locked down, allowing only the Content Player application to be utilized, which is perfect for meeting room signage and concierge tablets.
  • Persistent Variables: CP for Android 2.0 introduces a new concept to the software platform—persistent variables. These are variable values, which can be committed to disk and recalled after application close. We will see the same functionality supported in the next releases of Content Player for Windows and iOS.

In my next post, we’ll take a look at Labels in Content Manager Desktop, which allow you to adjust and control a whole new set of attributes about your applications.  #DoYouFWI?

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