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!

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.

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 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 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

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

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile

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