Get to Know Zello+

By Jim Pickering on March 20, 2013

Where is everything?

The user interface of Zello+ has changed a bit from Zello 1.9.  Here’s a quick walk-through on navigating  Zello+.

Using the Zello+ navigation menu

Zello+ uses a “navigation menu” that the current screen hides. To view it, either tap the Menu button on the top left of most screens, or just slide the current screen to the right. Zello has a tab menu at the bottom of the screen for switching between the most used screens. Zello+ gives you quicker access to more features. For example, you can quickly access the last contact that you talked with by pressing the Microphone, located between the “Solo” and “Speaker” entries.

     

Accessing your profile

Zello: Press the “Edit” button on the “My Info” tab.

Zello+: Press the   icon on the navigation menu. You can now update the your status text in the profile.

     

Managing accounts

Zello: Press the “Switch accounts” button on the “My Info” tab.

Zello+: Press the   icon just left of the gear to see a list of your accounts. It’ll also give you the option to add an account or press the ”Edit accounts” to remove an entry from the list.

     

Using channels, contacts and recents

The list of channels, contacts and recents should still look familiar. Now you access them from the Navigation menu on Zello+ instead of the tab bar.

     

Navigating the talk screen

The talk screen on Zello+ has a fresh new look.  Zello+ displays the profile picture of the contact speaking to you.  Press the profile picture to see full profile for that user or channel.

Press the   icon to send an alert.

Press the  icon to “see” the details for this user or channel.  Pressing the eye flips you to the back side of the talk screen.  This is where you’ll find History, Profile, and for channels the active user list.

You now access solo mode and speaker on the Navigation menu in Zello+.

 

     

Zello: Access History by sliding up the history bar at the bottom of the screen.

Zello+: History now appears on the back of the talk screen, press to   icon to see it.  Press the   icon to delete messages and the  icon to share messages.

     

Zello+ displays a banner at the bottom of the talk screen to remind you that you are in “Busy” mode.  Sometimes users forgot they were in “Busy” mode and couldn’t figure out why they couldn’t hear messages.  A similar banner also appears when you are in “Solo” mode.

     

 

Stay tuned for more cool features in the upcoming Zello and Zello+ releases.

 

 

Aussie Tech Heads Review

By Bill Moore on November 12, 2012

Australian Airline Features Zello

By Bill Moore on October 25, 2012

From this months Executive PA Magazine.

Austin Startup Crawl

By Bill Moore on October 8, 2012

 Stop by and see Zello on the Austin Startup Crawl Thursday October 11th in the Capital Factory space.

Everyone on the crawl should use the Zello channel to get information about the shuttle and what’s happening.  Zello will be using the channel for a fun contest.  Just download Zello, go to the channels tab, click add and search for Startup Crawl.

Hiring part-time community managers

By Bill Moore on October 8, 2012

If you are interested in helping improve the Zello community channels please let us know.  To be considered, please complete this form.

Zello Pitches ITEXPO Startup Camp

By Bill Moore on October 8, 2012

Last week we had some fun pitching at Startup Camp

-Trending Channels

By Bill Moore on September 26, 2012

Today Zello disabled the Trending Channels display for many users.  Unfortunately most US channels shown have so much profanity the app was not suitable for many who use it.

All the same channels are still available from search.  We plan to restore the feature with reporting and filtering.

Trending Channels

By Bill Moore on September 12, 2012

Try the new “Trending Channels” section to find interesting live channels.  Just click the channel to listen in.

You’ll hear crude language and topics when browsing.  Please send a list of any especially offensive channel to support@zello.com and we’ll hide them from this list.

In the next release we’ll be adding user and channel profiles plus an report channel option for users.  These should improve Channel browsing.

 

Trending Channels replace the Featured Channels list.  The old approach sent everyone to a few channels.  They became over-populated and often harsh.  The new approach should give lots of healthy channels a chance to grow.

Channels will also get better with fewer disruptive “trolls” because they can’t keep creating accounts.

Trending channels is included in the iPhone 1.7 release and Android 1.36.  It is not yet available for Blackberry or Windows.

Get Zello for iPhone   iPhone release notes

Get Zello for Android  Android release notes

NYT says “the same sense of wonder”

By Bill Moore on September 6, 2012

Today’s New York Times has a nice review of Zello from David Pogue…

ZELLO WALKIE TALKIE This free app works on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows, which makes it far more useful than, for example, iPhone-only apps. The design is beautiful, simple and uncluttered — there aren’t even ads.

Like most of the best apps, Zello lets you create groups so that you can carry on something like a party-line phone call among a handful — or hundreds — of friends or collaborators. The company suggests, for example, that you can set up a Zello “room” for your company’s customers when they have questions.

What’s wild is that Zello comes prestocked with such channels from India, London, Toronto, Washington and so on. You sit there, jaw agape, and listen to people, in real time, from all over the world. You feel the same sense of wonder you felt when you were little and your dad took you down to his basement to listen to a ham radio.

St. Peter

By Bill Moore on September 6, 2012

On our St. Petersburg  Skype call yesterday it looked like Mike, then Eugene, then Alex  were  headed well beyond Zello.  But then we learned it was only their sunset.

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