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Motorola and Google Bring In Co-Director of Pixar’s Ratatouille for “Windy Day”

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Last night, I was making dinner before the Droid Life Show was about to go on. I opened my phone to find a little red hat floating around my homescreen. Had I not done some research earlier this week I would have been thoroughly confused, but instead I clicked on the hat and headed into my room for a pretty cool story telling experience. Over the weekend, Moto X users might have seen an app called “Motorola Spotlight Player” waiting to be installed on their device through Google Play. If you have it set up, Google Play installed it automatically which we will get into later.

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Once the story starts, you are whisked into a virtual world that is all around you and your Moto X is the window through which you can view it. You follow the story of a little woodland mouse that is cursed blessed by finding this little red hat floating around his section of the woods. As the story unfolds, you can turn and look around in whichever direction you like and the story will still play on. If you have used Google Sky Map before you will have a good understanding of how it works, but it is hard to describe how you look standing in the middle of the room looking through your phone all over the place.

It only lasts around five minutes or so, but the story is actually pretty fun and told in a really cool way. The only problem arises in the fact that Motorola installed this onto Moto X devices without asking, if you aren’t a fan of the hat floating around your screen, it is not very easy to disable. Moto said they would be looking to bring more stories like this in the future, but only to the Moto X.

Any readers watch Windy Day? What did you think?

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  • kstrickland05

    Had no idea what it was when I saw the hat on my homescreen but I really enjoyed it. You can rewatch it by using the widget “spotlight player” for those asking. Or uninstall it the same way.

  • Al-Burrit0

    This animation was awesome my X is getting better and better :-)
    Its the little things that do it for ya.

  • Jonathan Orellana

    I love it, can’t wait for more!

  • https://www.facebook.com/findjaysee Joshua

    Yeah I realized they installed it without my permission. It doesn’t bother me too much, as long as they don’t start making it a habit with other things. And I can see where it might bother other people.

  • JoshHenry

    If they’re putting things on phones without permission, then they are probably taking information from phones without permission as well. No more privacy.

  • Elliot

    I don’t care that they preloaded the app, but having things show up randomly on my home screen without first asking really annoys me. This sort of thing really ought to be opt *in*, not opt *out*.

  • smokes70

    I enjoyed it, but as far as the comment about it being installed without asking…. I remember, I think either monday or or Tues that I saw a new notification from Google Play, and it led to the video you have here, and there was an opt out (or was it opt in?) selection. I figured it looked legit enough. It wasn’t until yesterday that it actually pushed the animation to me.

  • Dan

    what is the name of the icon pack used in the screenshot?

    • Dan

      Does anyone know?

  • cucabueno

    yeah same thing happened last night. I was kind of giddy to see it and then watch the story. I think this is awesome… I was very entertained. Although… I’m not sure how Moto just pushed something to my phone without me saying yes or no to it. I’m so down for this little story thingy but what if people start pushing things that I don’t want?

  • Ronald Bernard

    Watched it last night. Pretty cool and think it is great for anyone with kids. Then again, I love animated film too…so I enjoyed it very much!

  • n11

    I noticed that hat when I woke up this morning, I’m like “wtf…” while rubbing my eyes, “is this a virus or something?!” Nah, it was just Moto’s treat for me lol.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    I think it is awesome.

    For those complaining, I see it the same as any other OEM feature. If you like it, great, if not turn it off/disable it. You could say the same about any of the Touchwiz gimmicks, or BlinkFeed, that are enabled by default after an OTA update when they previously weren’t there.

  • Pass

    Oh Eric wrote this article? Pass.

  • flyinglogos

    LMAO. The game idea actually sounds pretty cool, but I shudder at the thought of companies starting to get away with having random crap floating around on your home screen without really asking for it.

    • JRUIV

      it only happens once and the app can be completely disabled very easily

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        It does say they will alert you to future episodes/stories, so if you don’t disable it then it will continue to occur. However, the large and friendly “disable” buttons in the app are refreshing, and show that they understand if such things aren’t desired by some of their users.

  • JRUIV

    I’m so annoyed with the YouTube app right now and the issue it’s having with the chrome cast logo being displayed on videos in landscape mode and Dimming the display… there are complaints all over the reviews as well

  • JRUIV

    my girlfriend and I loved it and by the way it’s easy to disable as soon as you open the app in the lower left corner is a disable button

  • sonicemerald

    absolutely loved the idea, think that letting users know beforehand what it is would have been nice, it sure threw me for a loop

  • tharealoc

    The phone had a placeholder installed. It was in the all apps list as avatar. When they pushed the app to phones, it installed there. so they didn’t exactly ghost install something, they updated the placeholder

  • Jeralmac

    Thank you DL, that damn hat had me going crazy! Couldn’t figure out what it was. And even after reading the post, how do you get it to come back?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Look for the “Spotlight Player” widget. It acts as a shortcut to this system. I hesitate to say app, because it seems to be more deeply integrated than that imo.

      • Jeralmac

        Gotcha, thanks!

  • JBartcaps

    It was pretty entertaining to watch this, not gonna lie. Keep em coming!

    • New_Guy

      Watched it with my son and he was like, “Daddy can I watch it again?!?!” Me: “umm…I’m not sure how we watched it in the first place, son…”

      • Aaron Sibold

        Exactly! I had both my daughters sitting on my lap, and they had a blast. After it was over my autistic daughter was like, “more squirrel hat!” I had no idea where it went.

        • New_Guy

          It’s funny, people are upset that Moto “snuck it” on their phones. I’m trying to figure out how the hell to get it back on, hahah!

          • kstrickland05

            In the end it said you can watch it through your widgets under spotlight player.

          • New_Guy

            Cluuuuuuuuuuutch

        • kstrickland05

          In the end it said you can watch it again through your widgets under spotlight player.

  • jhlinka

    Hold on a sec… what icon pack is that? I can’t find it in any of your Icon and UCCW episodes!

    • Respen

      I just went back and checked as well, tell us Eric!

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Eric Rees

      Axis! Featured it a few weeks ago.

      • JRUIV

        I’ve been using it ever since!

      • jhlinka

        Thank you!

      • david ruiz

        Which clock skin is that?

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Eric Rees

          Air Elegant!

      • Johnny Whales

        Love ur homescreen! Im dl’ing that RIGHT NOW! Thanks :)

    • npompei

      Looks like my ‘Axis’ pack I have. Not sure if that’s it, but its got a great shadow and vintage feel to it.
      By stealthychief.com – again, not 100% but his instagram icon is identical to mine. Search ‘Axis’ in the Play store

      • npompei

        Man discuss you suck sometimes. Sorry for the double post – it takes minutes to show up. My bad. Kit Kat on my brain…

    • npompei

      Looks like my ‘Axis’ pack I have from stealychief. Not 100% sure but his instagram icon is identical to mine and thats the pack im running. Its awesome, vintage feel with shadows. The wallpapers are sweet too.
      Search ‘Axis’ in the Play store

    • JRUIV

      it was not featured in one of the episodes it was its own article

  • JabbaMac

    It was cool, but I’m not sure how I feel about Moto placing icons on my nav bar

    • JRUIV

      I’m not sure why the image shows it in the nav bar but it’s definitely not in the nav bar it only floats around the screen for 2 seconds and then goes into the notification bar. he must have taken a screenshot while it was floating around