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Talkbox

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Talkbox[edit]

TalkBox Limited, co-found by Sunny Kok and Danny Kok in Hong Kong, was established with the introduction of the Talkbox Messenger mobile application.[1]

Talkbox Messenger is a smartphone application which enables users of iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry[2] to easily communicate via push-to-talk instant voice messages, as well as sharing geo-location, pictures and group chat with one another.[3]

In 2013, Talkbox released an enterprise version of the app, Teamwork, for corporate and enterprise users, and offered the Talkbox Button for developers to incorporate Talkbox voice chat into their own apps as a built-in function.[4]

History[edit]

In 2010, a group of young developers in Green Tomato Limited came up with the idea of developing an instant messaging application based on push-to-talk voice communication. The product was completed by the end of 2010.[5]

TalkBox, now named Talkbox Messenger, was launched in January, 2011 for iPhone.[6] In three days there were a million download from the App Store, and a million users were registered in two months.[7] Support for other mobile phones including Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and Blackberry was introduced shortly later.[8]

Shortly after the launch of Talkbox, a number of investors approached Talkbox to discuss the opportunity for investment in Talkbox.[9] Shanda Capital, based in Shanghai, China confirmed their investment agreement with TalkBox in October 2011.[10]

In mid 2011, some application developers in China began providing the push-to-talk voice communication function in their own products.[11]

In 2012, the user community of Talkbox declined substantially, especially with the users in China.[12]

In 2013, Talkbox decided to use a dual-channel strategy, and introduced Teamwork Messenger for the enterprise communication market.[13]

In July 2014, access to Talkbox was banned in China together with other social media apps not conforming to Chinese control over the internet.[14] Talkbox was formally driven out of the China market.

On 1 Feb, 2019, Talkbox Voice Messenger was renamed as Talkbox Messenger, with the release of version 3.0.[15]

Products[edit]

  • Talkbox Messenger[16]
  • Teamwork suites of apps (Messenger, School Messenger, Attendance, NGO)[17]

References[edit]

  1. "Redefining person-to-person communication". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. "Approval for Talkbox Messenger on Windows Phone". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. "Winners". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. "Entering enterprise communication". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. "Redefining person-to-person communication". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. "Redefining person-to-person communication". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. "Worldwide users approached one million in March 2011". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  8. "Approval for Talkbox for Windows Phone". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  9. "Funding obtained 2 months after launch". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  10. "Shanda Capital invests in Talkbox". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  11. "Patent claims are too costly to pursue". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  12. "Talkbox overtaken by competitors". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  13. "Talkbox focused on enterprise communication with Teamwork Messenger". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  14. "China blocks apps to fight terrorism". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  15. "Talkbox for the love of talk". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  16. "Talkbox for the love of talk". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  17. "Teamwork". Retrieved 11 April 2019.

External links[edit]

Website https://talkbox.app


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