Photo sharing and next steps
October 24, 2011 12 Comments
When we launched Talkatone almost a year ago it was viewed as a social phone. A product which allows you to have all your friends on one mobile device, call and text them, share photos.
Since the very first release back in November 2010 we’ve seen phenomenal initial growth and received tons of positive feedback from our users. Today I’m proud to announce that the final block of our early concept is here. You can share photos with your friends in Talkatone.New Talkatone photo sharing will a be like a good old friend for those who ever shared media from other apps. Tap on the Camera icon on the Texting screen and you’ll have a choice to take a new photo or us an existing one. As soon as you done with photo selection type a message or simply tap on the Send button. Your photo will be shared with your friend.
Talkatone allows you to share photos with all types of contacts. If your friend also uses Talkatone the photo will be received and displayed on the Texting screen right away. If you sent a text message to a friend who does not use Talkatone yet the link to your photo will be delivered as part of a text message.
Photo sharing is completely free. Share photos with your friends worldwide and receive photo messages from them if they have Talkatone.
Quality of the Talkatone is very important for us. We always look for ways to improve. In most cases improvements are influenced by our users. One of the biggest problems for many users, especially for those who have multiple Google accounts, was short battery life when Talkatone is running in background. With the introduction of the Facebook integration the problem became even bigger.
Back in March 2011 we’ve launched audio compression which helped to improve audio quality by using Talkatone audio servers. Today we introduce the Battery Saving mode. In a nutshell, when the Talkatone app is in the Battery Saving mode all network connections are multiplexed into one connection between the Talkatone app and the Talkatone server. Thus, when in background, the Talkatone uses much less resources and processing time. The Talkatone server also pre-processes all updates, batches them if necessary and reduces the size of the data if possible. Having said that all updates are still delivered as soon as they come. Nothing is “lost in transition”.
You privacy is very important to us. We make sure all communication channels between Talkatone app and Talkatone servers are secured. The account data never gets passed in plain text. In order to avoid the possibility of a privacy accident we DO NOT persist account data on a server-side like many other apps. Only your mobile device has it.
Initially Battery Saving mode will be available for premium users, those who suffer from the problem most. This feature is OPT IN. As soon as we gather enough server capacity across the globe this feature will be available for all users.
Stay tuned for more updates. I promise you won’t be disappointed.