Zello, the well-known --
“walkie talkie” -- app for Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows, is
highly regarded all over the world as a simple, reliable, -- ‘Push to
Talk” -- communication device that lets you exchange real-time voice
messages, free of charge, with any other Zello user, using only
Internet data (not your cell-phone minutes).
Although none of us here at
AskMisterWizard.com have any affiliation with Zello (and they don’t pay
us for promotion or endorsement), we have been using it extensively for
almost a year now, and we really like it.
We use it in - “group” - mode a lot, to share news with our family, and
we also use it casually, in -- “person-to-person direct” -- mode, just
to send quick inquiries and responses.
A couple of days ago while updating to the latest version of Zello, we
noticed that they have added an important new feature: Now we can
send and receive IMAGES right in our conversations!
This adds an important and compelling new dimension to the quick, easy,
dynamic dialogs and audio -- “crowdblogs” -- (Zello “channels”) -- that
are so simple to manage with Zello. Now those conversations and
crowdblogs can include -- “selfies” -- and other pics from
participants. Anybody using the newest version of Zello can press a
single new button and gain instant access to the camera (or cameras) on
their cell-phone, tablet, or other device hosting Zello. A full-screen
view from the selected camera pops up, along with prominent buttons to
allow snapping a pic or changing camera options. In short, it works
exactly like you’d expect an easy camera app to work.
Immediately after capturing a picture, you are given a chance to delete
or accept it. Accepted pictures are quickly compressed for optimal,
instant transmission across the Zello/Internet connection, and the
recipient(s) hear a polite little “chirp” indicating arrival of a new
pic. They typically receive the picture within 3 or 4 seconds.
Each online recipient also sees a new, bright-red icon at the top of
their Zello screen, that they can press to see the resulting picture.
(Offline recipients can see it later, at their leisure.) That icon
contains a numeric digit: “1” if there is just a single new picture,
“2”, “3”, or higher if there are more images that haven’t been seen
yet. Copies of pictures are stored on the phones or tablets of the
sender and all receivers, alongside all of the previous audio messages
and pictures that have ever been exchanged with the current user or
Online or offline recipients can easily review the entire record of
each message and picture in the entire conversation dialog, stretching
back to the beginning of time unless they have deleted older messages,
from a simple list that’s organized in chronological order. The
list shows a tiny thumbnail image of the sender of each message, a text
notation of their Zello username, an arrow indicating whether the
current device SENT or RECEIVED the corresponding image, text showing
the exact date and time of receipt, text indicating the duration of any
audio messages, and a thumbnail image of any pictures in the dialog.
Pressing any of these thumbnails activates a full-screen view. While
viewing any picture in this full-screen view, you can -- double-tap --
on it to zoom in, drag to scroll, or flick up or down to see the prior
or next picture in the sequence. The entire experience is convenient
and intuitive, and it encourages participants to interleave pictures
with descriptive audio snippets in a very natural manner. It just --
Give it a try! Zello is free for noncommercial use. It was already one
of the most popular communication apps in the Android store, and with
this new addition we think it will find vast new audiences among people
that want to share their experiences on vacation, when raising their
families, when something newsworthy is seen, or when cultivating new
Furthermore, if you want to email or preserve the
pictures, you can
find them in your filesystem. On Android systems, you will find them by
Drill a little deeper down, through an extra folder with a long,
cryptic, numeric name, until you see another folder named “images”. All
of your pictures are there, ready to be viewed by any popular image
viewer app and ready to be copied with any popular file management app.
Please note that this little video clip is just a small part of the
information we have published on this subject at AskMisterWizard.com.
You can get more, including some fun hints showing other clever things
you can do with Zello, by clicking on the prominent links in YouTube’s
descriptive text (below this movie if you are watching on YouTube’s web
site) or as illustrated HERE along the top edge of your screen. THANKS
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