Loudtalks Gives Your Android, Blackberry Or Windows Mobile Phone Push-To-Talk

Android/BlackBerry/WinMo: If you're headed on a road trip with friends or moving around town in a large group, Loudtalks is a mobile app that will turn your phone into more of a walkie-talkie so you can speak to the others in your party instantly, without having to call them first.Loudtalks works with Android phones, Blackberry devices, Windows Mobile phones (note: not WP7 phones) and Windows computers. The lite version of the service is free, and allows you to create public channels for up to 100 people to join into on their computers or mobile phones. You can also map specific hardware keys on your phone to engage push-to-talk, so you can easily chime in on the conversation.

The developers behind Loudtalks also offer a paid enterprise-size service if you need to host the solution yourself or want total control over who logs in and how many channels there are. The lite version is still in beta, and while free doesn't let you control who enters a channel, or give you control over who's in one. You can, however, control whether everyone in the channel or only you can speak.

Loudtalks [via Addictive Tips]


Comments

    You'd think a techy site like yours might give some indication of the technology used...

    Is it calling a 'dial-in' number and connecting everyone? Is it using GPRS/Wifi to a central server? Is it using Wifi to create it's own local mesh network? Etc.

    Johann, I agree. The technology is on their website it seems, but much of what Lifehacker offers I thought was presenting this sort of thing.

    This page http://loudtalks.com/about/ says:
    "Loudtalks is based on p2p-architecture, which allows scaling easily, and proprietary protocols optimized for real-time communication over low-bandwidth and high-latency connections such as GPRS or EDGE."

    and links to this page:
    http://loudtalks.com/technology/
    which has some good info including:
    "Loudtalks works great over WiFi and 3G, and even could be used on GPRS and EDGE."

    So it appears that it uses a central server for control, but that the P2P aspect means your voice is routed across the internet to everyone else using whatever carrier you're currently connected to (ie. wifi/3G/GPRS)

    Think skype conference call, but with a well-used mute button.

    Personally, I wouldn't bother. If you have a quick voice recorder on android then you can push a voice recording over their network (works with iPhones as well)

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