ping: Listen to messages on the move
ping means breaking new ground in reading messages out loud when driving. Among other features, Cinnamon developed the “drive-safe” mode, where users enjoy an eyes-free experience while receiving emails, texts, and messages from various platforms.
ping automatically reads your messages out loud, provides feedback on how you drive, runs seamlessly in the background, and works with smart devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home – all while you focus on the road.
Scope of work
The best app for increased safety
The main challenge was introducing a lot of new features while retaining existing users. We pushed this app to the limits of hardware and the current state of Android software and implemented features that were not even considered to be possible before. ping is the first app that allows you to hear ALL your messages on the Alexa device and reply without using the screen. Many more features were carefully planned, designed, and developed.
drive safely by turning on Auto Start
This safe driving app will start automatically when you get behind the wheel using Bluetooth detection. Easily toggle between ping, your music, and navigation. Have all your messages and emails read aloud at a speed that works for you. Optional passenger mode allows you to hear who the message is from but will not automatically read it aloud.
ping is designed to make your life easier and your drive safer, by reading ALL your messages and email out loud on command. All message types are supported, including texts/SMS, WhatsApp & Facebook messages, all email types, Slack, Telegram, Skype, and so on.
ping SDK secure and well-maintained library allows ALL the functionalities of ping to be added to any other app.
After years of development and more than 70,000 lines of code, we refactored everything, brought in new architecture, libraries, and patterns which allowed us to increase stability, security and introduce new features faster and easier.
Testing on the ping project was more than challenging. Bluetooth testing in cars, testing Alexa’s skills, testing multiple languages, and functionalities forced us to step up our testing game. Some of the new features we can not even mention yet. Making sure they all work perfectly on a wide range of devices is not an easy job. Luckily, we are up to the task!
They’re consistent, and the communication is good.
When I have a deadline, they would work extra hours on the weekend and after hours. Cinnamon gives the impression of being a smaller team that’s focused on customers.
We successfully implemented features that even Google could not
Many implemented features in the ping app were considered to be impossible to our competitors. Luckily, we didn’t give up when there was no documentation nor any existing competitors. Hours of research and trial/error cycles allowed us to develop this extraordinary project.
We at Cinnamon are proud to take part in increasing safety and productivity for drivers. And not just drivers, as the app has a wide range of practice: exercising, working and staying at home. The app prevents distractions from the road, car crashes, missing time-sensitive messages, and enables taking control over multitasking.
Having the notion in mind that the future of messages is VOICE, this app is a great beginning in this new era.
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