Release History: Avatour mobile app for Android

Past release notes for the Avatour mobile app for Android, distributed via the Google Play Store

 

AVATOUR for Google Play Store Release Notes

Version: 1.2.7

Date: Oct 23rd, 2022

  • Route Optimizer
    • When running the Avatour Operator App for the first time in a new location, operators will have the option of performing a test to optimize their connection to the Avatour platform for their current location.
  • Automatic Camera Connection
    • With Insta360 cameras, when the camera is plugged into the mobile device running the Avatour app, the two devices will automatically connect. If the 360° camera cable is unplugged from the mobile phone during a session, the operator can plug it back in and reconnection will happen automatically.
  • Asset presentation window
    • The presentation window has been redesigned in the operator app, making it easier to view and control presented assets.
  • PDF Support
    • PDF’s can be presented by operators via the Operator app. A small preview of the PDF is shown in the app while presenting.
  • Cubemap support
    • Cubemap format is now supported in the Operator App, improving the playback quality of live 360° stream.

Version: 1.1.7

Date: Aug 17th, 2022

  • The Avatour Android Operator App now supports the new Insta360 One RS 360° camera. Please ensure the camera has the latest firmware installed to ensure compatibility. (v2.0.2)
  • Battery & Network Indicators
    The in-app battery icon now indicates when the camera is charging, and the icon changes based on the network type being used (LTE, Wifi, Ethernet). 
  • Improved Routing & Reconnection to AVATOUR servers
    The app now chooses the optimal server at the start of the session and reconnects to the session more quickly if the connection is dropped.
  • Audio output volume control (inside of session settings) allows you to mute the speaker volume to help prevent audio feedback in situations where you have joined the session from multiple devices.
  • Exit session confirmation
    Camera operators will now see an Exit Session Confirmation screen after clicking the Exit button, ensuring they do not leave the session accidentally.

Version: 1.0.0

Date: July 13th, 2022

  • The in-session menu options of the Operator App have been redesigned to improve usability. Buttons are now larger and the Mute All option has been added to the main menu. Chat has now been given its own screen which can be accessed by swiping between the different views. A chat notification will appear at the top of the UI when a message is received. Clicking on the notification will bring the operator directly to the Chat view. An update for iOS will be released later this month.
  • The new Spotlight tool enables remote users (using a web browser or virtual reality headset) to highlight a portion of the 360° environment, allowing session participants to “point” and call attention to an area of interest. The on-site camera operator will see the highlighted portion of the 360° environment on their device screen (Pilot camera or mobile device) as well as a preview of the entire 360° environment with an indicator marking the area of interest.
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed garbled characters in the session list when Japanese language was selected
    • Fixed some missing Japanese translations

Version: 0.5.76

Date: 6/9/2022

  • Japanese Localization 
    • Japanese translations have been implemented in the Android Operator App. Language selection is available in the Settings menu.
  • Proxy Support
    • Implemented support for the establishment of connections and delivery of media over HTTP proxy.
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed application hang when using Superfreeze using Insta One X2.
    • Fixes occasional 360 video feed freezes or application crashes after wifi drop

Version: 0.5.59

Date: 5/6/2022

  • Display number of spectators in the session above the list of full participants
  • Display notifications when there are drops in connectivity. Improved reconnection behavior when switching between WI-FI access points.
  • Fixed the occasional issue where host audio cannot be heard after a drop in connectivity.

Version: 0.5.46 

Date: Feb 01, 2021

  • This updates includes several bug fixes and dramatically improved performance when several participants are present.
  • 2D Avatars for VR guests

Version: 0.5.41

Date: Dec 16, 2021

  • UX Redesign
    • The host interface is now divided into multiple views, making it easier to see what's happening in the session. You can now swipe between a view of participants, a larger preview of the 360° stream, and an overview showing the active speaker and a smaller 360° preview.
  • Performance Improvements
    • Reduce stream delay introduced in capture processing
    • Fix the occasional UI hang during a super freeze
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed some bugs in chat functionality
    • Stop host stream when sharing a 360 video asset in an effort to limit bandwidth requirements and resource utilization on the guest device (web and VR). Host will be able to communicate through audio when assets are being shared. It may take a few seconds after the 360 asset is closed to restart the host stream.
      Correctly handle host account when multiple roles are assigned
    • Fixed asset uploading on host app
    • Fixed start and end time when creating/editing a session

Version: 0.5.33

Date: Oct 26, 2021

  • Capture and save high quality 360 photos using SuperFreeze mode. This mode can be initiated by the camera operator (from the host app) or requested by the guests. 
    SuperFreeze captures still photos on the camera and transfers them into the AVATOUR session. 2d or 360 snapshots taken on the web are screen captures of the live feed and suffer from video compression artifacts due to poor bandwidth. 

Version: 0.5.28

Date: Aug 30, 2021

  • Drop streaming bitrate when asset/ desktop / camera is is being shared to manage bandwidth requirements for guests 
  • Drop streaming bitrate when video is paused 

Version: 0.5.23

Date: Jul 27, 2021 

  • Additional session settings (Require host)
  • Participant limit extended to 21 (including host)
  • Bug fixes

    Version: 0.5.16

    Date: Jun 20, 2021

    • Fix issues streaming over 5g (ipv6 only) networks
    • Fix occasional crashes when switching between access points or networks
    • Use CDN to serve assets

    Version: 0.5.11

    Date: May 14, 2021
    • Bug fixes and stability improvements

    Version: 0.5.02

    Date: Apr 26, 2021

    • Migrate to the new 2.0 delivery infrastructure. Reduces delay, and improves performance in low bandwidth conditions

    Version: 0.4.22

    Date: Mar 15, 2021

    • Update Android Sdk to API 30 (Android 11)
    • UX improvements

    Version: 0.4.21

    Date: Mar 14, 2021

    • In-session settings allow the host to change bitrate, frame rate without having to end session.

    Version: 0.4.18

    Date: Mar 3, 2021

    • Bug fixes

    Version: 0.4.15

    Date: Feb 24, 2021

    • Display full 360 preview
    • Session parameters allow a host to limit guest access to assets
    • Guests can login to the host app and start sessions that they are invited to
    • Bug fixes

    Version: 0.4.10

    Date: Jan 15, 2021

    • Improved status messages
    • Upload bandwidth reports at the end of the session

    Version: 0.4.6

    Date:  Jan 5, 2021

    • Updated application splash screen
    • Beta access to lower delay pipeline

    Version: 0.4.5

    Date:  Dec 20, 2020

    • OneX camera mic for Pixel 3/4
    • Apply Video mask to restricted field of view
    • Fix crash on some devices based on Exynos and Kirin chipset
    • Updated Insta SDK to v1.3.3

    Version: 0.2.75

    Date:  Dec 11, 2020

    • Support for Insta 360 One X2 and One R cameras
    • Bug fixes

    Version: 0.2.67

    Date: Nov 27, 2020

    • Bug fixes
    • Use port 443 instead of 19090-19093 for avatars and chat
    • Synchronized playback of session assets
    • Minor improvements to the connection diagnostic tool