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

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

Loudtalks Lite now supports private channels

By Alexey Gavrilov on November 25, 2011

Public channels are fun but sometimes you want to have a channel just for your family, friends or classmates. Now you can — just set the channel password and share it within your group.

When creating a channel Loudtalks Lite allows you to specify the channel password. If you do so the others will have to provide the correct password to connect to your channel. If you already have a channel and want to add a password to it there is a new ‘Edit channel’ option in the channel context menu, which is only available to the channel admin and allows to set or change channel password and description.

The feature is available in the most recent release of Loudtalks Lite across platforms. Go and get the update now:

Loudtalks Lite for Windows

Loudtalks Lite for Android

Loudtalks Lite for BlackBerry

Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile

Loudtalks Lite for Android is published today!

By Alexey Gavrilov on July 25, 2011

I’m proud to announce the initial public beta release of Loudtalks Lite for Android. You can download it now from Android Market.

This release is a big improvement over the previous version distributed to a limited group of testers and I want to thank everyone who sent the feedback — we fixed tons of bugs with your help!

Version 1,1 available today has the same features as BlackBerry app, which we also updated today but the user interface was redesigned to work better with touch-based devices.

We are working to add the following features, currently missing from BB & Android releases:

  1. Voice history
  2. Public channels admin controls
  3. Private channels
Since this is the first public release we expect many bugs and frequent updates. Please help us by reporting them using Report a problem option in the app. Thanks!

Loudtalks Cloud 1.2 and service pricing update

By Alexey Gavrilov on May 5, 2011

Today we have published a major update to Loudtalks Cloud client software — version 1.2.

Loudtalks Cloud client software version 1.2 has the following key differences from the previous 0.9.* releases:

  1. Reduced data usage and power consumption when idle. The new version uses 2.5 times less data while running in the background
  2. Faster status updates especially in the cases when one of the contacts lost network connectivity. With 1.2 detecting a client, which suddenly dropped off the network will take about 30 seconds — four times faster than before
  3. Improved reliability. We moved large portion of processing from the client to the cloud, which increases software stability and helps to address issues faster
  4. Compatibility with upcoming BlackBerry and Android releases

Important! The new version is not fully compatible with 0.9 releases (only communication via channels will work between 1.x and 0.9.x clients, direct communication between them is not possible), therefore it’s important to update the client software on all units in your network.

Changes in pricing
If you are using a premium service plan, your subscription plan monthly fee will not change. New customers pricing increases on average 50% starting today. You can check out updated Loudtalks Cloud prices here.

We are still offering a free service plan, which lets you use your private push-to-talk network for up to 10 users.

Loudtalks Lite 1.0!

By Alexey Gavrilov on February 1, 2011

After more than 3 years in beta we are announcing 1.0 release of Loudtalks Lite. We have been hard at work on this release for several months and along with bugfixes it brings in important architecture changes. People who use Loudtalks Lite on their mobile devices will benefit the most from the new features of 1.0.

Version 1.0 is not compatible with 0.9.* releases!

That means if you are using 1.0 and your contacts 0.9 there will be issues seeing each other online status and communicating. If you notice such issues please tell your contacts to upgrade to the latest Loudtalks Lite.

Release notes

- Improved network and power efficiency — the application now uses less bandwidth and power especially in stand by mode
- Disabled audio mixer code in Windows Mobile release to address lock up issues on various devices
- Compatibility with upcoming BlackBerry and Android Loudtalks Lite releases

Download Loudtalks Lite 1.0 for Windows
Download Loudtalks Lite 1.0 for Windows Mobile

Please report any issues with 1.0 in comments or by sending us a message via application’s “Report a problem…” function.

Loudtalks on Windows CE

By Alexey Gavrilov on November 22, 2010

Starting with version 0.9.0.79 available today we support Wndows CE 5.0 and 6.0 in all our products including Loudtalks Lite, Loudtalks Mesh, Loudtalks Cloud and Loudtalks SDK.

Here are some screenshots:











Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.79

By Alexey Gavrilov on November 22, 2010

Release notes

All platforms

- Fixed: Fragments of audio from previous message would sometimes re-play when receiving the new one

Windows Mobile

- Support Windows CE 5.0 and 6.0
- Improved GUI (use full screen dialogs instead of popups)
- Fixed: Some keys fail to operate until phone reboot after assigning PTT hotkey in Settings

Loudtalks for BlackBerry status update

By Alexey Gavrilov on October 22, 2010

Update: It’s released! Download Loudtalks Lite for BlackBerry.

This is a quick update on the status of BlackBerry port of Loudtalks app. The initial plan was to release it in August however for various reasons it has been delayed and still not ready. However we didn’t abandon it and still motivated to release it as soon as possible.

Here is what to expect:

  1. The application will run on all BlackBerry devices running OS 4.5 and later (the oldest one supported is probably Curve 8100)
  2. The first version out will be Loudtalks Lite with Loudtalks Cloud client coming out later
  3. Initial release will not be inter-operable with current Loudtalks for Widows and Windows Mobile but we will provide interoperability in 1.0 release for all platforms coming next
  4. While working on the port we also seriously redesigned Loudtalks internal architecture to improve battery life and reduce data use

Current development version screenshots:

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.77

By Alexey Gavrilov on October 4, 2010

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.77 is released last Friday and will be available through automatic update today.

Release notes:

All platforms

  1. [new] Intelligent jitter buffer to improve sound quality over slow/unreliable network
  2. [new] Message indication synchronized with message playback
  3. [new] Added adaptive jitter-buffer to improve sound quality
  4. [new] Show milliseconds in history messages duration
  5. [fix] Sometimes channels search returns 0 results

Windows Mobile

  1. [new] Extended audio settings — audio device selection, option to turn off audio device power management

Known issues

  1. Some screen readers don’t read correctly Contacts and History items

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile

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