Zello, the texas based mobile app is surpassing all the other giants like Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and whatsApp on the iTunes chart.
As the Hurricane Harvey striked the shores of Texas late last month the Zello app came up as the saving tool for the rescuing team working to evacuate people trapped by flood water in the city.
After Hurricane Irma dashes towards florida the app experienced severals downloads in one day. People are downloading the walkie-talkie app to communicate with each other in the hurricane affected areas. The app topped the iTunes chart on wednesday after more than 1 million people downloaded the app in a single day with incoming danger of hurricane.
Zello app is different than other chatting apps as it don't requires texting or calling a particular number to communicate. Instead the user just need to push and hold the echo button to communicate with each- other live, just like the walkie-talkie concept. The app uses the mobile data to run and able to work well even in the very low network connectivity. After its success in Texas, now people in caribbean islands are using the app to communicate with each other in stormy situation.
“We have seen a large number of people signing up for Zello in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Over 1 million people have joined in the last day, with most coming from Puerto Rico and Florida” said by Alexey Gavrilov, the founder and technology officer of Zello in a blog post.
The local Authorities started evacuating the west coast line of florida after the weather experts forecasted Hurricane Irma as “a potentially catastrophic Category 5”.
“If you look at how few people lost their lives in Harvey for the size of the city and the scale of it, and certainly the volunteer efforts are a big part of that and certainly Zello had a contribution, and we're all proud to have a little part of that” said Bill Moore , CEO of the Zello.
Snapchat with its Snap Map feature also came in handy for the rescue team of hurricane Harvey. As more and more people are downloading the Zello App there are rumors about the app that it can also work without any cellular network or Wifi.the company has cleared all such speculations with tweets on app requirements.