Goodbye Zello Local

By Bill Moore on September 26, 2014

Zello Local feature first introduced this June never became popular so was pulled to simplify the app.

Many found the feature and a few started local conversations. But even with hundreds of nearby Zello users listening, the conversations seldom lived on.

Zello is anonymous and only used approximate location, yet many users worried about their security. Maybe they worried because our live voice is uniquely authentic. Of course that’s what makes Zello special.

Live public and private voice channels remain popular and we’ll keep trying new ideas to make Zello a better place to keep and make friends.

Zello PTT Walkie-Talkie: Friends and Charity Meet

By Nancy on June 3, 2014

It was almost two years ago when Jonet Rohmanyu stumbled upon the Zello walkie-talkie push-to-talk (PTT) app. Like many things in life, little things can lead to life-changing experiences. And that’s exactly what happened to Jonet.

Jonet started using Zello after hearing about it in his village of Jogja, Indonesia. People liked Zello for PTT communications because it worked well even with poor network conditions, it was fast and it was free. The fact that Zello also had “channels” that could be used like CB radio channels for public group chats was a plus. Initially, Jonet was a member of several channels representing different cities in Indonesia, but he wanted one place where he could talk to all his newfound friends and coordinate gatherings.

As a result, Jonet created his “Komunitas Zello Indonesia” channel on June 23, 2012. It was easy to do and an immediate success. “Komunitas Zello Indonesia” — which translates to “Indonesian Zello Community” — has grown to 870 members, many who have become good friends. They hold regular meetings such as game competitions, sports and music events, picnics and visiting homes of “Zelloites” in neighboring cities, where they just hang out.

In addition to their many small gatherings, members of the channel also use it to organize charity events. In 2013, they held a blood drive and a charity event for a local orphanage. All coordinated using this Zello channel, people from several cities participated in these events. The members are such big Zello enthusiasts that they had Zello T-shirts made to wear at their events. “Komunitas Zello Indonesia” is an inspiring example of how Zello can be used to bring together people for both fun and good causes.

Here are some photos from their charity events:

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A big thanks to “Komunitas Zello Indonesia” for sponsoring these charity events and letting Zello be a part of it!

For more information about “Komunitas Zello Indonesia,” please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/KomunitasZelloIndonesia/

https://www.facebook.com/KomunitasZelloIndonesia

If you manage a Zello PTT channel or know of a channel that should be featured on our blog, please contact support@zello.com.

 

Zello and Zello+ iPhone Update 2.1 Today

By Jim Pickering on March 20, 2013

Zello has a new look. Last month, we released a paid version of Zello for the iPhone called Zello+. We’ve also updated both versions with a new design and new features. Zello uses a left navigation menu instead of the tabs on the bottom of the screen. This helps you quickly get from one screen to another.

What’s that eye staring at me on the talk screen?

See the “eye” on the talk screen in the below screen shot? Think of the new talk screen as having a front and a back. Use the front of the talk screen for talking and the back for the details. Press the “eye” to flip to the back of the talk screen and “see” the details. On the back of the talk screen, you’ll find the History and Profile. For channels, you’ll also see the current list of active users.

     

Tap the tabs at the bottom to switch between the views. If you’re on a channel, the blue power button on the screens allow you to quickly connect to or disconnect from the channel.
     

What’s new in Zello

Zelect channels

You have three choices for channel channel types: “Anyone can talk,” “Listen only” and “Zelect,” the all-new type.

When you set your channel to Zelect, new users can only listen to others and talk to moderators. Once the owner or a moderator of the channel identifies you as a trusted member, you can talk and be heard by everyone. If you are new to a Zelect channel, you’ll see the moderator’s Zello name and a light yellow background when he or she speaks to you.  Be nice and ask for permission to join the channel.

     

If you’re the owner or moderator of a Zelect channel, you have some new tools to manage the channel.  Tap the arrow to access the moderator tools.  You can talk to all the moderators, mute all of the untrusted users, talk to a single moderator or talk to a single untrusted user. When selecting a single user, you can: trust, block, make the user a moderator or return to talking to all users. (Only the channel owner can promote someone to moderator.)

     

Volume control

Sometimes users can be too loud or not loud enough that you need to adjust their volume.  You now have two ways to do this: on the user’s profile screen, move the slider to adjust the volume, or on the talk screen, slide your finger up and down just to the right of the talk button to adjust the volume for the user currently talking.  The title will display the current setting and a small arrow will rotate along the edge of the talk button.  Zello will remember the volume setting for each user.

     

History for alerts

Alerts are now saved to history. You can see alerts in your History feed along with voice messages. To delete, tap the Trash button at the bottom, select the entries to delete and tap “Delete.”

     

Share a channel

Share a channel with your friends using Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or a text message.  Select the profile for the channel, then Share icon to the right of the camera icon.

     

Active notifications

When someone sends you a contact request or channel invitation you will see a blue notification in the status bar. If you tap the notification, Zello will take you to the user or channel profile so you can approve or block the request right away. In the below screen shot, Green Kitty sent a contact request. Tap the notification to view the profile screen for Green Kitty.

     

When someone is talking, Zello displays a black notification with the user’s name.  If you tap that, Zello takes you to the talk screen for that user or channel.  The below screen shows a notification that Green Kitty is talking. Tap that and Zello switches to the talk screen for Green Kitty.

     

Manage blocked users and channels

When someone sends you a contact request or a channel invitation, you can block or flag the request.  If you change your mind later, you  can now remove those blocked requests. Press the Gear icon next to your Zello username to acces your profile. Icons will appear on the bottom of the Profile Tool menu if you have blocked channels or contacts.  Tap the Blocked Channel or Blocked Contacts icon to manage the blocked requests.

     

Whats new in Zello+

If you throw 99 pennies at us for Zello+,  you get all the new features in Zello plus you can customize Zello alerts.

Custom alerts

     

Select an alert sound from our Zello site …

     

Or choose a song from your Music library and use part of it as an alert.

     

Happy Zello … ing

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.

 

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

Zouth by Zouthwest

By Meaghan on March 23, 2012

Greetings to all! I’m Meaghan Grant, Sales Associate and newest member of the Zello family. I will be lending my voice to this little blog every now and again.

Several weeks ago the intrepid Zello marketing team of three…and a half (Jim lives there)…packed up shop and headed to Austin for the annual South-by-Southwest conference. To the average hipster South-by-Southwest (SXSW) elicits nothing more than images of concerts and mosh pits.  Those of us in-the-know recognize it for the techie nirvana it really is, beginning with the huge kickoff weekend dedicated to new and emerging technology. Zello took full advantage of the festival to gather consumer feedback and attend events highlighting the geniuses of the tech world. We also took the time to make this awesome video (Teresa, you’re brilliant) illustrating a sweet new angle: Zello Channels.  Check it out!

Zello Push-to-Talk @ SXSW

This feature opens a world of possibilities. Not only can you use the Push-to-Talk app to communicate via voice instantly, but you can also create and personalize channels to reach whole groups of people. As Teresa mentioned in the video- how neat would it be for an event like SXSW? A voice interactive information desk that anyone and everyone can access.  Pretty cool? We think so.

Keep an eye on our facebook page for upcoming opportunities to tell us how you think Zello Channels could be used or tweet your inspiration now #ZelloChannels!

 

Meaghan