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Zello's Year in Review: 2018

December 21, 2018

As the end of 2018 nears, we want to thank our many fans from around the world. You make Zello a success, and we couldn’t do it without you. We launched Zello in 2012 with a team of nine. Today, we are triple that number, with more team members joining in 2019. We support over 120 million users worldwide.


This past year we've added many new features for both the free Zello app and business service. We’ve improved the user interface, navigation, channel search, and address book. We've added support for network radios, an emergency beacon button, and VOX for Android. We’ve also done many things on the backend to improve performance and response time. Our
accessory list has grown, as more hardware vendors seek to integrate Zello into their products.

2018 Zello Achievements

We ranked #1 Overall in the App Store and Google Play again for the 3rd straight year during hurricane season. We joined forces with Crowdsource Rescue, Cajun Navy groups, and hundreds of civilian volunteers during hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018. Thousands of people and animals were rescued as a result of these joint efforts.

Zello push-to-talk (PTT) Walkie-Talkie is the recognized leader in PTT over cellular (POC) technology. But don’t just take our word for it. Do an Internet search for “best walkie-talkie apps for 2018” - Zello is often at the top of the list. Reviews list the reasons: Zello voice is fast, clear, reliable, and easy to use. Zello has features you’d see in paid apps, but we remain totally free to use, with no ads or spam. We work on any carrier network or WiFi, with virtually any kind of Android or iOS device, or with Windows PC.

A major priority is safeguarding our users’ privacy and security. On our free app, one-to-one and private group conversations are fully encrypted. Public channels are partially encrypted. On our Enterprise subscription service, all communications are encrypted end-to-end. As stated in our Privacy Policy, you never have to worry that personal information will be shared or sold.

Preparing for the New Year

We are very proud that Zello has become the most popular walkie-talkie app in the world. At our annual holiday party we celebrated this accomplishment by playing some pranks and indulging in holiday cheer. We had a blast playing with some Texas-friendly “snow.” We are a driven and hardworking bunch, but we do know how to kick back and have fun too.

With Christmas approaching, it’s going to get hectic soon. So keep in touch with friends and family on Zello. Use call alerts with persistent audio and text to remind your spouse to pick up something at the store or to keep track of your kids. You can also talk to and text your friends or family any time, anywhere, as long as there is Internet available. Zello’s great for organizing spur-of-the moment parties and get-togethers.

Our group conversation feature makes it simple to do: add your Zello contacts, create a group, and start talking. Download Zello now to get started. We’d love feedback and suggestions on how we can improve your Zello experience even more. So don’t be bashful, submit an app review or contact us.

Topics: Zello Announcement

Written by Nancy

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