Today we are excited to introduce Highlight 2.0 - the next generation of Highlight, available now in the App Store and on Google Play. It’s smarter, easier on your battery and redesigned from head to toe.
SMARTER THAN EVER
Highlight is now smarter and more aware than ever before. Here are a few things you might notice:
Highlight 2.0 uses the sensors in your phone to show you live updates about the people around you. Just glance at the footer below each person to know what they’re doing, where they are, who they’re with, what music they’re listening to, and why it’s interesting that they’re nearby.
You can see that your friend Steve is biking in the Presidio, that 2 of your friends are walking down 5th Street together, or that the girl across the room with headphones on is listening to the new Destroyer album … all passively generated from the sensors in the phone.
Only what’s relevant.
Over the past year, the algorithms that power Highlight have gotten more sophisticated. The service now understands that some connections are stronger than others. For example, if the person sitting next to you is from your hometown, that’s more interesting than if you both like the same TV show. If someone shares your love for Math Rock, that’s better than if you both like Coldplay.
It also knows to act differently in different locations, and at different times of day. If you’re traveling overseas, it will scan a wider area for friend connections instead of just a block or two. If your roommate is near you at home, that’s not very interesting … but if your old roommate from Paris is in your city, that’s valuable information.
With 2.0, we’ve reengineered the app, the notifications service, and the emails you receive to be deeply focused on finding these magic moments, and letting you know about them at just the right time.
Only what’s new.
When you run into someone in the real world, you often ask them what’s new? Now Highlight works the same way: When you bump into someone on the street, a red badge will tell you if they’ve posted new photos and updates since the last time you saw each other. Just tap the badge to view them. It’s a great way to keep up with coworkers, roommates, and the people you see most in life.
5X MORE BATTERY EFFICIENT
With 2.0 we’ve continued to optimize battery life. The app is now 5x more battery efficient than Highlight 1.0, and typically uses <1% of battery life per hour when running in the background.
POLISHED ALL AROUND
We’ve also given Highlight a brand new look, redesigning it from the bottom up to bring people front and center. It’s simpler, more visual, and more alive than ever before.
We’ve also updated our icon to reflect the new design:
We hope you like 2.0 and that you find Highlight getting steadily better with every release. If you have any questions, you can reach us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re excited to hear what you think.
You can find Highlight 2.0 on the App Store and Google Play now!