Chimani Partners with Google to Fine-Tune App Streaming Technology

visual-appstreamingGoogle’s new App Streaming technology is a little bit like those samples you get in the supermarket on the weekends, offering a little taste of mobile apps like Chimani National Parks before you have to decide to download the whole, delicious travel guide.

App Streaming works by uploading each app’s data to Google’s servers, then streaming the app to users’ devices. The functionality is built into Google App, the primary search tool for Android devices.

Users who do a Google search for a term like “Yosemite waterfall,” for example, would see search results that might include the Lower Yosemite Falls entry from within the Chimani Yosemite National Park app. Tapping through to read Chimani’s Yosemite content would then present the user with the opportunity to preview the app and install, if desired.

Since all of Chimani’s apps are completely free to download, you might wonder why you need to preview when you can just install the app without any risk. That’s true — and we wouldn’t argue with this thinking — but the fact is that downloads take some time and bandwidth, and it’s at least a minor irritation if you decide you don’t like the app (gasp!).

As U.K. based independent gadget news and reviews site PocketLint recently explained:

“Let’s say you’re visiting Arches National Park and want to search for details about the scenic drive there. Well, the Chimani app will have all the information you need, but it would be a hassle to download the app and then search in Google.

“What’s the point of that right? You might as well just use the app and forgo Google Search altogether. Well, with this update, you’ll start seeing an option to “stream” some apps you don’t have installed, right from Google Search. You just have to be on good Wi-Fi.

“For instance, with one tap on a ‘Stream’ button next to the Chimani app result, you’ll get a streamed version of the app, so that you can easily find the information you’re looking for and even access other in-app features just as if you were in the app itself.

“In addition, if you like the app, Google will give you the option to install it.”

Not only does App Streaming take a few steps out of the test-driving process, it also allows you to quickly scan through the content of multiple apps online rather than downloading them one at a time. Again, as a publisher of 19 mobile apps, we think that’s awesome.

“We are a mobile-first app company with huge amounts of content related to the outdoors and national parks; our partnership with Google allows potential users to sample the richness we can offer without having the barrier of app installation to discourage them. This is a game changer for developers like Chimani,” says Chimani’s CEO and Co-Founder Kerry Gallivan.

As a Google App Streaming partner, Chimani will help demonstrate how Android users use the new functionality in Google App, including how often they preview Chimani products and how often users choose to download the Chimani apps. We’re confident the answers will be “a lot” and “most”!

Chimani App Streaming Wows Android Experts

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“That’s so cool.”

Jason Howell, TWiT-TV co-host of the All About Android podcast, neatly summed up the experience of live streaming Chimani’s apps from the Cloud via Google’s new App Indexing/App Streaming technology during an interview this week with Chimani co-founder and chief technology officer Shaun Meredith. Focused on “the big news story this week” — Google’s announcement that content from apps produced by nine launch partners (including Chimani) can now be searched and streamed just like web content — the podcast saw the technology put to use live, to the obvious delight of the show hosts. Continue reading

Good Gravy! Top Turkey Day Destinations in the National Parks

turkeyolingilbertIf your Thanksgiving feast includes turkey, cornbread, pumpkin, squash, and beer, you’re eating a pretty similar meal to that enjoyed during the first celebratory meal shared by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe in 1621. Visitors to Plimoth Plantation, a living-history museum near the original site of the Plymouth Colony, can still enjoy a traditional meal on Thanksgiving each year, as can those who find themselves in several U.S. National Parks — including some with no obvious historical connection to the holiday.

Zion Lodge in Zion National Park, for example, throws a popular Thanksgiving feast each year — a giant buffet starring roasted free-range turkey, ham, and roast beef, winter squash, candied yams, and of course pumpkin pie for dessert. Similarly, the Skyline Lodge in Shenandoah National Park invites guests to indulge in a buffet of turkey, vegetable lasagna, baked haddock, or cider-glazed pork loin. The Furnace Creek resorts in Death Valley National Park also have special Thanksgiving menus, along with the resorts in the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and other national parks that attract fall visitors.

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Olympic National Park

As for Black Friday, swap your shopping bags for backpacks and head outdoors: admission to Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park is free on Friday, as is entry to every state park in California, Minnesota, and Oregon. The Thanksgiving sized generosity is inspired in part by REI’s wildly successful #OptOutside campaign, which encourages Americans to head outside rather than to the mall on Black Friday. All REI stores are closed on Friday, but if you live in Arizona you can get a free pass to that state’s parks by dropping by a local store between now and Wednesday.

(Photo © Svetland/CC by ND 2.0)

Plimouth Plantation

If you want your Thanksgiving with a more historical flavor, head to Virginia, where Colonial Williamsburg and Colonial National Historic Park (including Jamestown and Yorktown) help celebrate the first permanent English settlement in the New World as well as the decisive battle of the American Revolution — good cause for celebration, indeed!

(Plimouth Plantation photo © Svetland/CC by ND 2.0; Olympic National Park photo © Miguel Vieira/CC by 2.0; wild turkey photo © Olin Gilbert/CC by 2.0)

Celebrate Veteran’s Day at a National Park

pearlharborDVIDSHUBC20Admission to U.S. National Parks is free today, Nov. 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day. It’s one of just a handful of free parks days each year, and the last one of 2015.

Please take some time out of your day to thank a military veteran for their service, and use the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of those in uniform at one of America’s great historical sites or natural treasures, which stand among the many symbols of what our soldiers, sailors and airmen and women fight to protect each day.

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