- 04-28-2012, 09:51 PM #1
After a long wait, MetroTalk is finally available on the Windows Phone Marketplace. MetroTalk is a new Google Voice client, it's in active development, and has both a paid and a trial version. The two are identical, but the latter is ad-supported.
I started working on this project with the goal to create an application for myself, with only the subset of features of Google Voice that I use, because I wasn't happy with the existing options in the Marketplace. Eventually and because the whole process was so addicting, this turned out to be a full-featured Google Voice client. I worked on this in my free time and although I have some programming experience, I had never worked before with C#/XAML or mobile platforms.
Some of the things that make MetroTalk worth trying are the following:
- Push Notifications: It's the first GV app to use its own service for push notifications. This has a number of advantages: (a) one less possible point of failure, (b) one less service/developer you need to trust your data with, (c) shorter time for pushing out notifications, since all services run on the same server machine.
- Quick Reply: When the user receives a toast notification, it is possible to click on the notification and load the message instantly. This means that a "lighter" version of the app is launched for handling the click, and the message is displayed without needing to communicate with a server. It is also possible to reply within the same page. This allows for a much faster and efficient day-to-day use; I strongly suggest you try this.
- User Experience: There is a lot of emphasis on this. There is no lag when navigating the app and scrolling through lists. This is especially noticeable vs competitors, when scrolling through conversations that include hundreds of messages. Another example vs the competition is that there is no wait time for the client to log in, before being allowed to perform an action.
- Pin folders/contacts: It is possible to pin both folders and also contacts on the start menu. This makes it much faster to send messages or call people that you frequently communicate with.
Thanks for your time reading this! I hope you decide to try MetroTalk, and I'd be happy to listen to your feedback, or answer any questions you may have.
Link to the Marketplace: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/ap...8-d3a8d35b7fc5
- 04-29-2012, 01:27 AM #2
I just downloaded this application! It's really good so far! I have yet to test out the Push notifications, so we'll see! I'm glad you found the time and have the interest to make something like this! I really appreciate it. I WILL spread the word!
- 04-29-2012, 07:38 PM #5
In general, I wasn't satisfied by the smoothness of the application. There always seemed to be some lag, especially when doing things like opening a conversation with 150 messages. In MetroTalk, the focus is giving control to the user as quick as possible, and transferring to the background as many actions as possible. Also "quick reply" makes a big difference in day-to-day use. I also prefer the UI of MetroTalk, but that doesn't say much considering that I designed it :) Give it a try, I think you'll like it!
- 04-30-2012, 05:07 PM #7
Version 1.4 (upcoming)
- Fixed a bug where message sending would fail repeatedly in some cases.
- Complete overhaul of the settings page.
- Added option for enabling auto-correct for when typing a new message.
- Added option for automatically refreshing folders on start.
- Multiple UI fixes.
05-04-2012, 11:31 AM #8
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If the Free version is not going to update, and i have to install the new trial, should I re-register to make push notification available or is it going to use the Free setup?
- 05-04-2012, 11:53 AM #9
Please note that the "trial" version is the exact same as the "free" one. It seems that in general, it is getting approved faster by MS, so I would actually suggest switching to that. Regarding push notifications, you don't need to change anything in your Google Voice or Gmail settings. You should go though in the app's settings page, and click the button to enable notifications for that particular application.
Hope this helps!
05-04-2012, 12:21 PM #10
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Version 1.3 often refused to connect at start or refresh giving a "connection error", especially if Wi-Fi connection was enabled along with cell data connection (really looked like the app was confused which way to connect). Hopefully, 1.4 has it fixed.
BTW, it still gives an error message "An unknown error has occured" upon unlocking the phone with the open Inbox or settings page. No big deal but...
- 05-04-2012, 06:03 PM #12
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- 05-05-2012, 10:56 PM #15
Regarding the names, you are right, MetroTalk currently only reads contacts info from the device. I decided that for the first release, this was acceptable, because there is an easy workaround. If you simply ask your device to also sync contacts from your Google account, then those contacts will also appear in MetroTalk. I do realize that this is not ideal, and it will be also addressed in the next major update.
- 05-05-2012, 11:00 PM #16
Am I missing something here? What makes you believe, that there are multiple log-ins taking place?
- 05-06-2012, 12:02 AM #17
Just curious...would there be any chance of integrating Google Talk, FB chat, etc into the app? I have my GV texts forwarded via SMS simply because I like how the native messages client integrates chat into threads (granted only MSN & FB). I would love a truly integrated experience, with Google talk in particular. Thanks!Current: Lumia 1020 (unlocked, international), Dell Venue Pro 8, Acer Aspire S7 (2013)
Past: Samsung Focus, HTC Radar, Lumia 710, Lumia 920, HTC 8X, Lumia 521, Lumia 925, Surface RT
Current non-WP: Nexus 5
- 05-06-2012, 07:04 AM #18
My apologies apoelin, I did not realize you're the developer. Thank you very much for building this application, and supporting it. I am a paying customer btw.
To my rather abrupt comment...govoice does not require a manual login after being kicked out of memory. Now i am wondering if it is freetalk that required the manual login not metrotalk...if so I apologize.
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05-06-2012, 03:37 PM #21
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I just installed this app and so far I like it a lot. I'll keep the trial version on for a few days to make sure it continues to work well. If so, I will happily buy the app.
So far, I have found it to have a cleaner interface than GoVoice. I am hoping it will also store my password better than GoVoice, which asks me to re-login about once a week.
Thank you for developing this app!
- 05-06-2012, 07:23 PM #23
Can you please send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your Google Voice email address and your forwarding address? Also, in case you are using MetroTalk Free, I suggest switching to the trial version of MetroTalk. The two are identical, but the former is stuck at 1.3 (pending approval), whereas the latter is at 1.4.
- 05-06-2012, 08:21 PM #25
Thanks again for a great app, and your patience...