Friday, July 30, 2010

Motorola claims "Worlds first push-to-talk Android-powered smartphone"?! Not as I see it.


See the 2nd comment in the right-hand column.

 
(image courtesy of AndroidCentral.com)

Now check these out:
http://www.androidtapp.com/tikl-touch-to-talk-ptt/
http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-rcreations-ptt2-jzAt.aspx

 Both applications have been around FAR longer (the 2nd one even more so) than the I1. So how does Motorola define push-to-talk? It must not have anything to do with pushing something and holding in order to talk to somebody because both of those applications have enabled ANY Android device on ANY carrier to do so since they launched. I know what you're thinking, "but the I1 has a hardware button for PTT."  True, and?

Admittedly I've never owned a Nextel so I'm not sure how the "traditional" solution works for phones (as opposed to radios), but it would seem to me that you're going to have to turn the screen on and select (or at least confirm) a recipient the majority of the time so what's the big difference between holding a button on the screen, and one on the side of the phone?

Can anyone explain to me under what circumstances Motorola has created the "world's first push-to-talk Android-powered smartphone"?

P.S. I use TiKl regularly and love it. I've used WalkieTalkie also and it's great as well, but for different reasons and those reasons are currently its weakness as well. I hope to see one of these developers combine the best of both.


2 comments :

Sam Cooler said...

PTT means it uses Nextel's old iDEN network, which is specifically designed for PTT. This is the first iDEN android phone.

The button is important because these phones are used mostly in rougher business areas, like construction, where having to press a button on a touchscreen to talk is way less convenient/useful than holding a button on the side, like a walky-talkie.

That's what they mean.

Michael Richardson said...

So the article should read, "Worlds first iDEN Android-powered smartphone". Saying PTT = iDEN is like saying Phone = GSM. GSM is virtually the standard for cellular phones, but I'd bet my blog there are more PTT devices in use around the world that don't use iDEN (think every police officer in the U.S.) than there are iDEN devices. PTT means Push To Talk and doesn't address the technology in the least. My point stands.

I would have to agree with Sam Cooler about the button though when I look at it that way. More so when the phone is a capacitive screen and could hardly be used through gloves. I concede that a button is important for a "true" PTT device.

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