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Talko: Giving Voices to Phones

Sep 23, 2014 09:07 AM EDT | By Staff Reporter
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Ray Ozzie is planning on bringing back something to phones that's lately  being missed. He wants to bring the human voice and all the emotions that it can convey into phones. 

Ozzie set out with his mission two years ago. He noticed that people were using their phones for other stuff. They were not using it to make calls and to talk to each other anymore. They are missing out on an opportunity to make a connection. People were using their phones to chat, email and for social media posts. While those are ways of connecting with others, they don't offer the same kind of emotional connection that can be found when one is calling.

Ozzie isn't a newcomer when it comes to technology. He is the former chief software  architect of Microsoft. He hopes to bring out that comeback with Talko which is a mobile application for iPhone. What sets Talko apart from the other mobile apps that are out in the market?

Talko allows you to send the equivalent of voice text messages. Users will be able to record voice messages on the app and send it over the net to anyone who has the app too. The users will be able to listen to the message when they can. That's more convenient than having to stop everything else and answer a call. 

The messages can be stored for ten days, but users can also choose to get a subscription in exchange for a monthly fee so that messages can be stored permanently. The app also has a feature that would allow the message to be available to more than just one user, Ozzie believes that feature would make the app valuable in the work setting. But Talko is not the only effort to bring voice back into phones, there are other equally innovative products that are being introduced.

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