In the TV show Silicon Valley a fictitious company called Pied Piper competes for start up glory against an onslaught of other startups, geeks and sharks. The small start up with a few founders does this by pivoting from it’s original idea to an idea that’s all about compressing data at a much greater rate.
While fictional, the idea of smaller data compression has some real world positive aspirations that are still yet to be realized. While different parts of data, on different platforms have been optimized (most of the time based on necessity) we’re still making advancements in many areas where that data flows.
Here’s what they had to say.
So you guys run myMail app for My.com. How does data compression play into your products?
Saving space and traffic on mobile is important – so we protect users not only money, but also increases the duration of the work of their phones, and, of course to accelerate the application.
How much does speed play a part in being a competitive app in the amil space?
Speed is very important, especially for productivity applications. Notification or letters in the list, the user expects that it will open soon. Since the user does not like to wait, and the more important the information is, the expectation of more.
What about attachments and images. When’s the right time to compress those in the process of getting, sending and storing data?
When you send do not know where the image will be opened, so it is useful to give the user the opportunity to choose the compression level – and to send the original or not. When viewing, we can immediately determine the screen resolution of the device and download the picture already optimized for it.
Any idea how much time that saves the user? And more, does it encourage them to keep coming back to the app?
myMail: On a slow and unstable connection attachment compression, the letters themselves will save a lot of time. Letters are loaded much faster than using IMAP or POP. Of course, many people with us because of the speed myMail.
What is traffic compression, and how does it work?
All traffic between the application and the server is encrypted and compressed. We do not reinvent the wheel, but use the popular, well-proven technology.
Is your previewing images feature more for UX or for saving space/speed?
Since the size of the preview depends on the user’s device, he does not even notice that the original is loaded . So, of course, is a technology for speed and economy. Thus UX remains at the same level as that of the original.
Where’s the future of data compression headed?
The next stage of optimization is – even better understanding of the user to know the characteristics of the network connection. For example, quite often it happens that WiFi is slower than 3G. This and other features, we consider the development to the following versions were faster and more economical.
What can we expect from myMail’s app? Any new updates you can tell us about coming up?
myMail: Recently, we have supported the new features Android M, including the protection of the input fingerprint. Slightly improved the UI for iPad Pro. Before the new year will add to both cool and useful platform You Mail-to-self.
Just like Google has kept speed at the top of it’s priority list for all search data, myMail understands how important this is too. It seems atop the apps features things are built with speed and security. We didn’t get to get into much in this interview, but it’s worth mentioning that the leadership there has a lot invested in the security of the app. That’s for another interview.