Roger That, Over and Out: New Walkie-Talkie App Debuts

By Jamie Epstein January 16, 2013

When you were a kid, did you have walkie-talkies and hide in different parts of the house to tell secrets to your friend who was only in the closet in the room downstairs? If you don’t have this fond memory, don’t worry, because you still have a chance to leverage this incredibly fun technology thanks to GroupVox.

The company has unveiled a completely free walkie-talkie app that can be utilized on Android and iOS devices, as well as on the Web and social media mega-site Facebook. Touted as the first and only application currently on the market that can make group voice conversations possible, GroupVox, Inc. is a United States startup company with a very small team located in both Europe and New York City. It  was founded by Daniel Berezovsky, an 18-year-old currently studying at IUM, who is a member of various Facebook groups and also loves to communicate around events like birthdays and in some cases even weddings, thus to add voice was a natural idea.

In an exclusive interview with TechZone360, Berezovsky stated, “GroupVox combines all the benefits of typical walkie-talkie apps with the convenience of using existing Facebook groups. As long as users belong to certain established communities, they can start voice communication within them really quickly, without the hassle of creating custom friend lists. What's really cool is that the voice and text chats are posted to Facebook pages of these groups, thus allowing all community members to be engaged. This is really unique.”

After downloading the solution, you can even select the option of developing your own voice messages without being required to have an Internet connection available. However, the recording will only be uploaded once they are connected to the Web. All recordings are then stored in the cloud and users will have access to all of them at anytime and from anywhere, no matter how old they are.


Images via Apple Store

On GroupVox’s Facebook page, Paul van der Marck, a recent subscriber to the product stated, “(It is a) great idea. (I) installed it on my iPhone 5 and my son's 4S and I can hear his voice messages loud and clear.” But with any recently unveiled innovation, there seem to be some kinks to work out still as he added, “But even with volume at max on his iPhone, my voice messages are a mere whisper and (I am seeing) the same problem on my daughters 4S; hardly any sound with volume at max.”

In addition, Claes-Berend van der Kolk from Amsterdam said, “Just installed gv on my iPad. Connection with FB failed, so I’ll wait for an update” to which company officials promptly replied, “Was there any error message when you tried to log in with your Facebook account?” In stark contrast on the Apple Store site, a user named Riccchie reported that it is an “excellent app, and recommend it to anyone who's using Facebook on a daily basis!”

In regard to why someone should download this application right away, Berezovsky added “to make social communication more vibrant, real-time and engaging.” Currently, he and his team are working on new amazing features that will be added to the app in the not so distant future.

So, why not try out the app and see for yourself how you like? What’s the harm, it is free of charge after all?

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

TechZone360 Web Editor

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