spotlight

It’s a little over two years since Motorola launched Spotlight Player, an app that could be used to view a 360-degree interactive animation. Initially limited to the Moto X before being rolled out to other Android devices, you move your smartphone up, down, left and right to choose which part of the scene to view – and can also view through Google Cardboard.

Google held onto the team when it sold Motorola to Lenovo, and it has now launched Special Delivery, a holiday-themed Spotlight Story from Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace & Gromit. While you have to pay for some stories, this one is free as a holiday gift from Google …

Follow the adventures of a humble caretaker who is disturbed by a mysterious rooftop stranger. Always one step ahead… he leaves behind only a trail of gifts.

In the full interactive experience, you’ll encounter 10 subplots, three potential ways to view the ending, and 60+ moments where you can decide to follow the story in different ways.

To get the full interactive experience, you’ll need to download the Google Spotlight Stories app to a compatible device:

Supported phones

  • Nexus 5, 6
  • Moto X Gen 1st, 2nd
  • Moto G Gen 1st, 2nd
  • Droid Ultra, Turbo, Maxx
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3, 4, Edge
  • LG G2, G3
  • Sony Xperia, Z2, Z3, Z3 Compact
  • HTC One M7, M8

Supported tablets

  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

But Google has also created a YouTube 360 version which allows you to look around the scenes without the full interactivity. On the web or in the iOS app, you’ll just see a preview version.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Ben Lovejoy's favorite gear