There is something about a walkie-talkie that either makes you feel closer than you really are. For several years I had a Sprint push to talk phone. When I went back to Blackberry – and now – thankfully – to Android – I missed the ease of just pressing a button and immediately being able to talk to someone. Tikl Touch To Talk brings that functionality – and that sense of closeness that I had missed – to Android.
In order to work, both users need to have Tikl installed on their handsets. Once it’s installed though, use is easy. Just open the app, select the contact or contacts you want to chat or text with (save them as favorites while you’re selecting if you’ll chat with them a lot), and then hold the chat button to broadcast your message.
Tikl recently released a update, which includes improved privacy/do not disturb settings which I’m already loving. I’ve been traveling across time zones recently which has confused everyone in my life so keeping Tikl muted in meetings when it’s six o’clock back home has been a life saver.
Tikl has a load of great features. This list, from their description in the market, gives you a great overview of what Tikl has to offer:
- Free, instant real-time one-on-one voice push-to-talk calls.
- Free, instant real-time group voice push-to-talk calls.
- Free, lightning fast one-on-one chat (instant text messaging) with delivery confirmation.
- Free, lightning fast group chat (instant group text messaging) with individual delivery confirmation.
- Uses data connection only. No voice minutes or SMS used for TiKL calls or chats.
- Works across Android phones/tablets and iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.
- Works across carriers.
- Works over WiFi, 3G, 4G, EDGE and GPRS.
- Supports both phone contacts and Facebook friends.
The app is free and requires no real setup. It is very fun and easy to use. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.