Offline messages support

By Alexey Gavrilov on March 18, 2012

In the most recent updates of Zello for Android (v. 1.23) and BlackBerry (v 1.21) clients we added experimental support for offline messages. Now when someone is off the coverage or doesn’t have the app currently running, you still can send them a message (if they run the latest Zello).

The contacts capable of receiving offline messages will show as ‘Standby‘ in your list with a green circle status icon. The messages sent to such contacts are delivered as soon as the contact returns online.

Let us know what you think and don’t forget to tell you friends to update their Zello!

P.S. We are working to enable this feature in Windows and bring it to Zello Cloud. Upcoming Zello for iPhone will support offline messages too including push notifications about new messages.

 

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 BlackBerry is released

By Alexey Gavrilov on May 19, 2011

The long anticipated Loudtalks client for BlackBerry platform is available for download today. Please join the beta test and report any issues you face. To download the application visit http://loudtalks.com/bb/ on your BlackBerry.

The application allows you to talk to other BlackBerry users as well as to users of Windows desktop and Windows Mobile apps if they are using the new version of the client (at least 1.3).

This beta release (version 1.0.1) has the following limitations:

  1. No messages history
  2. Changing online status has no functional effect unlike Windows version where setting status to Away or Busy allows to receive the messages without playing them back right away
  3. Impossible to view the list of the users connected to a public channel

Please share any feedback you might have!

Loudtalks Cloud and Loudtalks Mesh clients for BlackBerry are expected within 2 weeks once the beta test of Loudtalks Lite is completed.

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 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 SDK 0.9.0.77

By Alexey Gavrilov on October 13, 2010

All developers using Loudtalks SDK are advised to download and use the new version based on 0.9.0.77 core.

Change log
– Updated codebase to match Loudtalks Cloud client version 0.9.0.77
– Extended ICustomization interface to add OemConfigFile and OemConfigData methods, which allow our white-label partners to load their custom branding data
– Removed SetFocus method from IContact
– Added UpdateContacts, ShowContacts, OpenHistory, CloseHistory, ExpandContact, SelectContact to IPtt interface
– Fixed status bar menu in mobile ActiveX
– Fixed typos in docs
– Updated sample code to reflect API changes
– Updated Loudtalks API to support direct contacts

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Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.73

By Alexey Gavrilov on August 10, 2010

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.73, which introduces major quality and stability improvements, is available now.

Release notes:

All platforms

  1. [new] Re-written audio capture and playback code for better performance and power-efficiency
  2. [new] Added pre-buffering to avoid artefacts at message start
  3. [new] Added adaptive jitter-buffer to improve sound quality
  4. [fix] Fixed several issues with message playback indication (“green wave”)
  5. [fix] Multiple fixes in history player code

Windows

  1. [new] Added support for Microphone Boost slider in Loudtalks Audio settings on Vista/Win7
  2. [fix] Fixed icon resource leak

Known issues

  1. Sometimes channels search returns 0 results. The workaround is to close channel search dialog and re-open it.
  2. Some screen readers don’t read correctly Contacts and History items

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.70

By Alexey Gavrilov on July 2, 2010

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.70 is available for download today for PC and Windows phones.

Release notes:

All platforms

  1. [fix] Sometimes received non-empty messages didn’t play and appeared having 0:00 length in the history
  2. [new] Improved public channels reliability
  3. [new] Option to view the list of users currently connected to the public channel

Windows

  1. [fix] Prevent application from “stealing” focus while reconnecting

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.69

By Alexey Gavrilov on May 5, 2010

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.69 is a stable release, which will be distributed using automatic updates function.

Release notes:

All platforms

  1. [fix] Improved channel search usability and stability
  2. [fix] History: don’t lose the tail of a message during playback
  3. [fix] History: skip 0:00 messages instantly during playback
  4. [fix] PTT button gets disabled when number of online channel users exceeds 10

Windows Mobile

  1. [new] Public channels support
  2. [new] Better algorithm for hotkeys assignment — if you were not able to assign your PTT to a hardware button on your phone, try it again with this version

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