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Talky Moving to Smaller Screens Following User Feedback

October 21, 2015

Normally, aspirations of making it to a screen involve the big screen, but Talky has its sights set on something a little humbler and a lot more useful. Talky wants to dominate the smaller screens, after getting its share of feedback about the Talky Web interface. Talky's newest release reflects that desire and puts plenty of emphasis on the mobile user.

While Talky was readily found in iOS, it didn't have a specific app for Android users. This normally wouldn't be a problem, except that the Web-based version Android users were turning to often found that the interface was clearly not mobile friendly, designed for the bigger screens that desktop Web users were working with. So Talky took the feedback to heart and made Talky work for Android devices the way it did for iOS.

One of the biggest changes in the latest release was freeing up more screen real estate for video streaming, changing the sidebar to a top navigation, and putting only the primary controls in easy reach. Controls used less often were built into a menu that could be expanded as needed. Plus, the secondary participant roster was also taken out, further streamlining the experience. While the changes were made with mobile in mind, the changes will be visible for anyone using the desktop app.

Talky isn't done, though, and it's already put out an open call for further modifications. It's got quite a bit to offer as it stands, though, including group video chat systems that allow for over 15 users at once along with screen sharing capability. It even allows users to issue shared keys to a video chat room, allowing users to talk privately. Built with several different technologies that the company has open sourced, including its Otalk system and SimpleWebRTC, the system can even offer a version specifically built for in-house users, called Talky On-Premises.

By now most of us are already familiar with the core benefits of videoconferencing and Web-based real time communications (WebRTC). The potential for cost savings as business travel is curtailed or eliminated outright in some cases is clear, as is the improved opportunity to connect with other users and drive collaboration. But a system like that also has a great many mobile applications—a mobile workforce needs an easy way to connect and collaborate—and not having a great mobile experience for those users may well keep such a tool out of the hands of those who could have used it most. Improving a system for mobile is nothing new—Google's “Mobilegeddon” is still fresh in some minds despite happening back in April—and thus Talky is keeping up with the more general move.

This is great news for Talky users and for mobile users looking for a great way to keep in touch, and though there are already plenty of ways to do that on hand, Talky may be able to pull in some more users on the strength of better mobile operations. Its play for the smaller screen, therefore, should be readily accepted.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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