Zello network upgrade tonight

By Alexey Gavrilov on May 30, 2012

In effort to keep up with the growth, improve Zello service stability and speed we’ll perform a planned upgrade of our infrastructure tonight. We’ll start at 4am Central Time and finish by 6am on May 31, 2012.

Since last major outage we’ve been busy adding new servers and re-writing server side code to support millions of online users. Now this work is completed and we’ll need to take the network down briefly to replace currently running server code with the new release.

As we are deploying the update the service might be unavailable or slow. Follow us on Twitter to get real-time updates on our progress and service availability alerts.

Zello@Work uses separate infrastructure so won’t be affected.

Photo credit: torkildr

Channels, what is everyone talking about?

By Jim Pickering on May 29, 2012

Zello is a great Walkie-Talkie app, but it is so much more.    Channels are a really cool way to link a lot of people together.  There are a number of ways to use them, here are a few examples.

Coordinate

Let’s say you are the band director for a High School and you have a big competition coming up.  Out on the field you have other directors and volunteers helping to coordinate the madness.  Everyone is split up, 100 yards from one end to the other.  What do you do?  Yes, you have a mobile phone,  call them… all 20 of them….one, by one… That’s not going to work, the bands performance will be over by the time all of you talk.

I know, you could buy 20 walkie-talkies and hand them out to everyone.  You need to make sure they all have full batteries, all are on the same frequency, pass them out, collect them when the performance is over.  It’s another device to carry around, and who are these random people that keep talking on this channel?

This is where the channel feature of Zello really shines. Everyone downloads Zello to  their smartphone, then one of you can create a channel, let’s say “HS Band 2012″, or whatever catchy name you can come up with.  Make it password protected so only you and your team can use it.

Everyone can now add the new channel to their contact list.  Select your new channel, press the talk button and everyone can hear you.  Oh, and it’s free.

Sharing

Channels can also be used to create social groups to share information on common interests.  Create a group called “Best Restaurants in  ->Austin<-” (insert your city ->here<- )  People love to share their dining experiences.

There are thousands of channels on Zello right now, join the fun.

Social Radio

You can also use a channel like a podcast.  When you create the channel, select “Listen Only”.  This will allow you to talk and talk…and talk, others can listen to you but can’t interrupt you.

It’s like having your own radio station.

Coming up

Stay tuned, we are adding new tools to help share and manage your channels. Look for our next post that will describe these cool new features.

 

Tex/Alerts for Zello Blackberry Live

By Bill Moore on May 8, 2012

Get Zello for Blackberry version 1.23 from Appworld.

This version supports  Zello Alerts.  You can pester someone with an Alert until they answer,  include a link or a little text if you like.

Thanks to Paweł Masarczyk this version adds Polish language support.  Contact translate@zello.com to add or improve your language.

As always, please rate and review Zello in the store and send  feedback to support@zello.com.

Text/Alerts for Zello Android Live

By Bill Moore on May 8, 2012

Get today’s Zello for Android update, version 1.27

You’ll find Alerts, similar to Nextel with an optional text message.

Plus new Polish and Hebrew localization

If you like the app, please rate and review in Google Play.  Please share your suggestions or problems with support@zello.com

Alert, Swipe Contact, Rename – iPhone update

By Bill Moore on May 8, 2012

Get the latest Zello from iTunes now for these improvements:

New Call Alert feature sends an attention message with optional text.  Select from the Zello Contact options.  The receiver will hear an immediate tone or feel a vibration that will be repeated every 1 minute until they dismiss or reply to the alert.  You can add a text message or links.

Swipe thru Contacts.  Switch thru your recent contacts by swiping the top display.

Rename Contacts.  From the Contacts list, click > then type in the name you want to use.

VoiceOver improvements including easier use of the History slider, better labeling and localization.

Crashes fixed from History, Channel Details and switching between Wifi and cell data.

Fixed @Work channel problems and improved  @work setup.  The Alert feature will be available across the Zello@work products in June.

More languages are on the way, visit translate.zello.com to add or improve yours.

Wisconsin Times on Zello

By Bill Moore on May 2, 2012

Established communities like readers of The Wisconsin Times use  Zello as the place to come alive with voice.  To join in, search channels for wisconsin