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App Preview: Voices 33

by Adam Marks Mon, 17 Jan 2011 3:06 pm EST

Hot on the heals of our preview of Voice Memos, prolific webOS Developer Inglorious Apps has also taken a shot at providing an app that allows you to create voice recordings with Voices. It's great to see multiple developers getting in on the new APIs available in webOS 2.0 and Inglorious Apps provides their own spin with this app.

Voices is built around one single main scene where you can record or act on existing memos, with additional pop-up menus allowing you to interact with those recordings. When you first load up the app, you see a blank playlist on the top of the screen and a nice graphic of a reel-by-reel recorder on the bottom of the screen to initiate a recording. Depending on how your preferences are set, once you click the record button you will either be presented with an option to specify the title and filename of the recording, or immediately start the recording with the default title and filename. Speaking of preferences, Inglorious Apps has also created a unique way of using the webOS dashboard notifications to alert the user that they can access the Application drop-down menu on the top-left of the screen to set those preferences or to get help.

When you load up the preferences, the first thing you see here is Dropbox integration! By adding your Dropbox account, you can have Voices automatically back up your recordings right to the cloud. I hope we see more apps use this type of cloud integration (although including additional services like ZumoDrive would be nice, as well). The rest of the preferences are pretty self-explanatory and provide some nice features, including the ability to set audio quality (supporting both multiple WAV and 3GP formats) and the folder where these recordings are saved on your USB drive.

Once you have a recording in your playlist, tapping it will play the recording right in the app, with a scrubber bar available to search through the recording. Tap-and-holding the recording will give you a pop-up allowing you to edit the title, share via MMS or Email, launch in the external media player, add to Inglorious Apps' Notes app, or upload to Dropbox (if not set to automatically do so). It was also nice to see the in-app "just type to search" feature included here, so you can quickly find that one recording you want from with a potentially long list.

The final unique feature of this app is the ability to set a Scheduled Recording, where you can set the app to start and stop recording at a specified time. Available from the Application drop-down menu, this provides you with some interesting opportunities, including allowing the ability to secretly record a conversation without someone's knowledge since there is no visible indication of the recording if you phone's screen is turned off.

This app is still waiting in the wings for Palm to allow webOS 2.0 specific apps, so don't be surprised if some additional features make its way in to the final product. Overall, this is yet another great example of an app that has a specific function and performs it well. The use of instructional dashboard notifications, integrated cloud integration and scheduled recording does differentiate this app, although Voice Memos wins out slightly on usability (the tap-and-hold feature isn't very intuitive or user-friendly) and customization (such as setting recording-specific quality level or allow memo descriptions in addition to a recording title). Both are high quality apps, and we can't wait to see the final versions of each!



But for the love of all that is holy.... WHERE IS 2.0(.1)

In my wildest dreams !!!

Maybe HPalm should relase a 2:x BETA for Pre and Pre+. Let whoever is interested load it up and get the community to figure out the bugs and the debugs. They do support beta apps distros, so why not OS upgrades? ;-)

The carriers won't allow it.

I believe they call that group the Europeans and Canadians, oh and AT&T users... :)

If this could also auto-record calls as well, (ala CallRec on PalmOS), it would be a "must-have" in my book.

...really miss CallRec. ;-(

oh, and I really like the UI on this app.

...does it "animate" when recording/playing back? that would be sweet. ;-)

Yeah that would be sweet.

yes it does

Why did it take almost a year and a half for the voice API to be released? Why hasn't the 2.0 upgrade been pushed out when the Pre 2 has been out 2 months?

Who cares? Just get this stuff out already!

As much as I love Palm, they really dropped the ball not getting all the APIs completed and available. The iPhone may have started without native apps (web apps only), but they released a full set of APIs by the one year anniversary. Palm should have never allowed this gap to remain unfilled for so long. Many of the apps people want require these APIs. No excuse.

I want this now on my Pre 2! It looks amazing and very good features.

I wonder if there's any chance of this working with evernote. Since this developer has their own notes app I guess it's not likely. Does anyone know how their notes app stacks up to evernote?

Notes is EXCELLENT. The only aspect of it where I don't think it meet/beats Evernote is the lack of a native PC mirror app. Notes is very useful. I love it and am looking forward to another great Inglorious App when Voices is released.

Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately it's the PC/Mac compatibility that I love about evernote. Hopefully they will add voice features as soon as 2.0 becomes widespread!

nICE!... Great App!

I miss Call Rec too. Oh how I miss the PalmOS.

This is getting ridiculous now... When is 2.0 coming... this delay is unacceptable... no idea why hpalm has to lie to us about every release date, whether hardware or software...

Please, please I need an app like Call Rec
for Palm OS. Is this a sign?

Another great app by a great dev! Boy, am I glad I get all of his future apps free. :)
Edit: I should mention that this is legitimate to whoever minused my comment, I won the dev's twitter contest..

And someone dislikes the potential of Pre equalling Treo on this functionality. Tough crowd volcom45

Hehe, ah well..

Yay!!! Our Pre's are nearly as functional as our 2007 Treos!!!! In coming weeks.


Wait a sec...with the LEAST you can drop one caller from the conference call and swap between calls!

That was the stupidest thing on the Treos...

Not necessarily. It's a limitation of CDMA, so on my Sprint Pre you just have to have one person hang up, once they are conferenced you cannot swap.

Been waiting for something like this for a while. Can not wait!!! hope it plays nice with dragon dictation.

So much talk about 2.0/1 but we get no action. "Actions speak louder than words!"

maldicion no devi hacerle un downgrade a mi per ya tenia la webos 2.0y me regrese a la 1.4.5 por el catalogo y xq no me cojia el perfil que tengo.....pero ahora mismo instalo webos2.0 en mi palm pre 1 para probra esta grandiosa aplicacion

The microphone API exists.

I want a SIP/VOIP app. Now.

I will pay for it.


webos fan who had to switch to iphone because i have to have SIP functionality on my handset.

It would be so nice to have some call-recording functionality in an app like this. A way to record the next outgoing call or to auto record incoming calls, etc.

Neat application, 2.0 is much needed at this point as I have been having sever issues with 1.4.5, not uploading YouTube videos, sound issues not to mention how many other incomplete and poor coding items there are.

It recently came to mind, one must remember how small mobile devices are. There are almost no excuses to have terrible applications and errors on the device. What ever has been built has already been built for desktop devices. While some talk about coding is difficult for mobile devices, it simply is not true. Now whether or not the company makes it more difficult is another story.

If anyone has designed a .gif image and or built this webpage for this matter they can code a mobile application. If not it is obviously the organization fault and this is why its being seen as blatantly intentional on Palms part. There is more dynamic coding on this webpage, and PreCentral is pretty basic. Why would software coding be anymore difficult.

I still don't know who you think you blew, but we assure who ever is creating false subsystems to stall progress he wasn't worth it. At this point your either going to create a quality platform and decrease education or keep this and increase. Obviously there will be a breaking point where both increase.

Who are you accommodating? I am starting to believe your making every project of a royal nature, kind of a closed organization even when its suppose to be open.

There me who wants to break in to help the quality who will eventually make an organization of advanced value at some point and then there is you people who want to create something that is closed while hurting the entire nature of the project.

I know you think we don't mind if you just act like little girls, but we still do. Why would any nation, even our own, honor the money that fund your company?

What is really noticeable is that your choosing nobodies intentionally. These people have no understanding of essential needs and basics to succeed.

It is as if you called something American, removed yourself from existence and one day hope it will be acceptable to wipe clean other peoples work and use it as your own.

No one will honor this nature and other nations will go to war for it. Your own military will fight as the girls you pose to be and get demolished regardless of the number.

It is this serious and blatant to structure companies, organizations on the macro down to your products and development micro to not allow for normal platform structure to occur.

Now can someone please give the name to who develops these platforms? The actual person, not a company but a person, I am certain these are individuals.

Now I'm working for free. You owe me. Now look at the "preference" header the size of the header depicts how large the text is expect in the options anywhere from +2/-2.

will this record stereo files if an additional stereo microphone would be applied? Does the pre (plus) hardware support such recordings? As musician I'd be pleased to have such an app on the pre. On iphone there is a great app called 'four track' by sonoma wire works which allows to record whole songs stepwise. I want that for webOS too.... Please. Regards Jens