Zello Celebrates 100 Million Users!

By Nancy on February 1, 2017


It took us almost 9 years to do it, but Zello registered users now exceed 100,000,000! We are very proud and excited about this achievement and want to share it with our Zello fans. Without the support generated through word-of-mouth by our users, we could not have attained this major milestone.

A Little Zello Trivia

Zello started out as “Loudtalks” in Russia back in 2007. The original Loudtalks application was designed for Windows PC, and allowed users to communicate instantly with friends by pushing and holding a hot key. You can still get Zello for Windows from our website. After the official launch on September 17, 2007 at the TechCrunch40 Conference in San Francisco, the service retained a low profile with about 10,000 registered users in the first three months. While traction was slow, the team kept improving the product and introducing new features, all while running the service from a single $200/month server hosted in Houston, TX at ThePlanet.

Everything changed with the release of Loudtalks for Blackberry. It was the first voice communications app on that platform, providing free push-to-talk (PTT) using any carrier network or WiFi. The Loudtalks Blackberry app drew over two million users within the first three weeks of its launch. The little side project was now a full-blown startup venture.

In early 2012, the Loudtalks team permanently relocated to Austin, TX where Loudtalks was rebranded and relaunched as Zello that February. Bill Moore (former founder and the CEO of TuneIn Radio) became the CEO of the newly incorporated, U.S. based company. From the original team of three in 2007, Zello has grown to a team of 16 – still small considering the size of Zello’s user base. Only eight developers support over 100 million users worldwide.

Zello adds ZelloWork, Hardware Vendors, and Software Developer Program

In addition to the free consumer app, we have a paid subscription service called ZelloWork. ZelloWork provides PTT solutions for enterprise and mid-size businesses around the world; it is rapidly becoming the go-to solution for businesses trying to update antiquated radio systems. Major companies such as Starwood, Marriott, W Hotels, Restoration Hardware, IKEA, YRC Freight, Hubspot, and Honda use ZelloWork.

Zello has worked with numerous hardware vendors to offer our users a wide selection of hands-free and enhanced audio solutions. See Zello Accessories for the full list of supported accessories. In addition, Zello has recently added an ISV Developer Program. Third party developers can now integrate ZelloWork into their own apps using SDKs and APIs available from the ZelloWork Developer Program.

Our Users are our Priority

Since its launch, Zello has remained totally free, ad-free and spam-free – and we plan to keep it that way. As we expand and improve our products and services, Zello will continue to remain focused on optimizing the user experience, ensuring a high-quality product, and providing top-notch support. We love hearing from our fans who are using Zello for good causes. Whether it’s connecting people with similar goals/ideologies, reducing crime in neighborhoods, or rescuing people during natural disasters, we are proud that Zello has been chosen to be part of these efforts.

If you are using Zello to improve your community, or have any suggestions on how to take Zello to the next milestone of 1 billion users, we’d love to hear from you! You can send suggestions to info@zello.com or support@zello.com.

Thanks for the Zello Love!

Now talk with your voice and pictures

By Bill Moore on September 26, 2014

Today’s update lets you share your voice and pictures — instantly. Try it with your contacts now, next month the feature is coming to live Zello channels.

Zello is the best place for live voice conversations. We’ve noticed many update their profile image to add another dimension to a dialog. New picture sharing is easier, faster, offers more control and supports higher definition images. It’s the favorite new feature among Zello team!

No picture here, go get the latest Zello app.

Zello@Work Announcements

By nayeli on June 13, 2014

New Admin Console feature to view user status

You can now see the status of Zello users at-a-glance from your network console. Learn more about this new feature

Zello Blackberry 10 support

After you upgrade your Blackberry 10 to version 10.2.1, you can get Zello from Blackberry World or Learn more about Zello@Work for Blackberry 10

 

New Coda S Speaker for Android

The Coda S is a wireless speaker/mic that allows you to use Zello on any Android without touching the device. The big middle button works for true PTT! It also comes with a mounting kit so you can wear it on your belt or snap it onto your car’s sun visor.

Contact sales@bcoda.com to get a free sample or learn more about the coda S

 Buy a coda S – Get $10 off by purchasing the Coda S from Accessory Geeks by entering the coupon code: zellocode10off.

New CodaWheel for iOS devices coming soon

The CodaWheel is a PTT button that allows you to push to talk without touching your iPhone. It even works with Zello running in the background. This small button comes with a double-sided sticker or velcro for attaching to your steering wheel or anywhere for easy, hands free access.  Learn more about the CodaWheel

 

New Zello-compatible wired headset and rugged speaker microphone

Zello and Klein Electronics have teamed up for new wired accessories that offer reliable push-to-talk for both Zello iOS and Android.  Learn more about Klein Electronics and where to buy

Current app versions

Please update Zello@Work to ensure you have the latest version of the app.

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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Charity Nailunnajah Orphanage2.jpg

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

iPhone app version 1.4

By Bill Moore on June 18, 2012

Today’s Zello iPhone 1.4 update has a few improvements:

  • Streamlined navigation and improved UI
  • Improved VoiceOver support
  • Stability improvements and bugfixes
  • Partial support of the  headset button to toggle talk
  • Alerts have clickable links
  • Bulgarian translation (contributed by Андреан Джамбазов)
  • Italian translation (contributed by Danilo Bestagno)
  • Polish translation (contributed by Paweł Masarczyk)
  • Hebrew translation (contributed by שי)
As always tell us what you don’t like through support@zello.com then tell everyone else what you like with app store reviews.

Making your channel inviting

By Jim Pickering on June 1, 2012

Your channel is a big hit, crowds of people are joining.

In my last post I gave some examples of how to use channels.  So now that you have created your own really cool channel, how do you let your friends know about it? What do you do about those users that live to disrupt your wonderful new creation? The new release has some new features to help.

Invite your friends

In 1.3 we added the ability to invite your friends to join a channel.  Could be your channel, or some other channel you’ve found.  You can invite your friends either when you create a channel or anytime you are on the talk screen of a channel.

After you create the channel you will be presented with a list of your contacts.  You can only invite people you have added to your contacts list.  If your list is empty or small, then you need add more contacts, so tell your friends to join Zello!   You can invite your friends to join Zello by pressing the ‘+’ button on the ‘Contacts’ tab.

                     

Select the ones that you would like to invite.   You can also access the ‘Invite Friends’ feature by selecting the ‘menu’ button on the talk screen of a channel.

 

Your friends will receive the invitation in the new ‘Channels’ tab.  It will display the name of the channel and who sent the invitation.  You can accept or decline the invitation.  If you accept, the channel will be added to your Channels list.

             

What happens if the channel that you were invited to is password protected, do you have to contact the person that invited your and get the password?  No,  Zello handles all those details for you, you don’t need to know the password, all you have to do is accept the invitation.

Channel happiness

Your channel is up and you have invited your friends.  The channel is a big hit, people are joining your channel in droves.  But now you are noticing a few users that just seem to be irritating everyone else, what do you do?  Since you are the owner of the channel you have the option of blocking people that are disrupting the fun.  You can’t be on your channel 24×7, now what?  Zello 1.3 allows you to assign some of your friends to help.  Now you can delegate some of your authority.

Choose  your channel from the ‘Channels’ tab, this will put you on the Talk Screen. Press the ‘Menu’ button and select the ‘Channel Details’ button from the talk screen.  If you are the Channel Administrator you will see the word ‘Administrator’  in the header.  You will also see an ‘Edit’ button on the right hand side of the navigation bar.

 

 

When you press the ‘Edit’ button you will see the menu containing  “Channel details”, “Moderators” and “Blocked users” buttons.  Press the “Moderators” button.  Choose the contacts that will help you moderate your channel.

                     

 

Now your moderators can help you make your channel  stay on topic with less disruptions.

User ‘rangerdog’ is pressing the talk button over and over, saying really odd things, and is just being plain annoying. Your new moderator can take control when your not online to help.  Selecting ‘rangerdog’ from the list of users will bring up an option screen, select ‘Block user’ to block this poor lost soul.

              

 

Everyone is happy to see ‘rangerdog’ is no longer allowed to participate in the channel.

 

If ‘rangerdog’ ever comes to his/her senses, you have the option of unblocking him/her.

           

 

 Keep it fun

We want everyone to have fun and enjoy the channels, keep the feedback coming so we can continue to improve our social radio.

 Photo credit: Jim Pickering

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.

 

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.

iPhone app version 1.1

By Bill Moore on April 16, 2012

A Zello para atualização iPhone já? Não basta fazer a primeira versão??
…Sí, somos tan buenos 🙂

Изменения, которые нам нравятся больше всего:

  1. تقديم الدعم لتحسين صوتية
  2. UI oversatt til portugisisk, spansk russisk, arabisk og norske.

We have Zello users all over the world. Interested in helping us translate the app to your language? Email us at info@zello.com

In the meantime, grab the first Zello for iPhone update! Version 1.1 is available now with these improvements:

  • New Recent conversations tab
  • Ability to listen to history messages when offline
  • UI translated to Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and Norwegian
  • Improved VoiceOver support
  • Improved voice quality when both users are on  WiFi
  • Faster call setup
  • Reduced CPU and memory use
  • Online status saved between application starts
  • Lots of bugfixes
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