Zello Walkie Talkie App details

Zello Walkie Talkie

Category: Social
Publisher: Zello Inc
Version: 2.32
Price: free
Install size: 4.46MB
more than 250,000 downloads
Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 (173029 ratings)
Accessibility rating: 4 out of 5 (1 rating)
Contact Email: [email protected]
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Description

Turn your phone or tablet into a walkie talkie with this lightning fast free push-to-talk (PTT) app, which works between Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and PC. Talk to your contacts privately or join public channels to engage in a hot debate. Zello features: – Real-time streaming, high quality voice – Contacts availability and text status – Public and private channels for up to 300 users – Option to map hardware PTT button – Bluetooth headset support (selected phones) – Voice history – Call alert – Push notifications We are working hard to improve the app so please expect frequent updates. We can’t reply to comments on Google Play so if you have questions or issues send us an email at [email protected] Visit our website http://zello.com/ to get Zello Walkie Talkie for your PC or different platform. Connect with other Zello users on Facebook: http://facebook.com/ZelloMe Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/zello

Recent Changes

Version 2.32 release notes:
Play “PTT button up” alert every time outgoing message is interrupted for any reason
Fixed: Profile images not showing when app is launched for the first time
Fixed: After playing history of messages in a channel the same messages sometimes play again
Fixed: Incoming call alert received when app was not running is shown twice
Fixed: Incoming channel invites don’t display
Other bug fixes More updates are coming, please support Zello by rating the app!

Accessibility Reviews

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Kyle Saturday, 28-Apr-2012 04:45 AM ET

Version reviewed: 1.24
Phone model: Samsung Transfix
Accessibility Rating:
4 – The app is basically accessible, though there are some minor improvements that would make it more usable
Navigation:
Most of the controls can be accessed
Labels:
Most, but not all buttons, edit boxes, and controls are labeled
User comments:

With the exception of some of the edit boxes in the signup screen not being labeled, this app works quite nicely, and is definitely one of the best of its kind. Notes: The edit boxes in the signup screen if you don’t already have an account are not labeled in Gingerbread. The one at the top is for your desired username, the second and third are for the account password, and the one at the bottom is the e-mail address to be used on the account. There is a button to the right of the username field to check the availability of your chosen username, but unfortunately, it doesn’t speak, whether the username is available or not. Also, if you choose a username that is not available, the error message is also not spoken, but you will be placed back on its field to change it. When receiving a request to be added to someone’s contact list, you will need to go to the notification area and look for a Zello event. Note that this is separate from the Zello icon that is near the top of the screen after the notification bar is opened, and usually says something like “1 event(s) Zello: click to view.” Click the event notification to hear the username of the person who is requesting to add you. Click the name to see the accept and decline buttons and then click whichever one you want. These add requests don’t seem to be available from within Zello itself, or if they are, I haven’t yet been able to find them. Two of the settings in “under the hood” are not clearly labeled in Gingerbread. They look like dropdown lists with a number of seconds shown in each one, and clicking either of them shows an alert window that simply says “select value.” From reading in the support questions, it would seem that these values determine the time interval at which keep-alive packets are sent to the server. There is one of these along with a couple of other labeled settings for 3G/4G and wifi, but I was unable to find which set is listed first. I tried the other two most popular voice chat/messaging apps, and Zello was by far the easiest for a blind/visually impaired person to use, and it also has features such as channels, saved message history and realtime radio-like communication that make it one of the best. As soon as these issues I mentioned are resolved, most of which are more annoyances than anything, Zello will certainly become the best by far.