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On Feb 12, 2020, jugagien wrote:
Any update Jon?? Hope we're not being ghosted...

Not at all! Iím on my way to black pool. All is good. I actually have the app on my android device! Development is moving along beautifully!
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On Feb 12, 2020, jugagien wrote:
Any update Jon?? Hope we're not being ghosted...

Not at all! Iím on my way to black pool. All is good. I actually have the app on my android device! Development is moving along beautifully!


Bah. I'd been avoiding this thread since the title said it was iPhone only... but just caught up and the page for Android is now gone. Is it still possible to get in on the early bird?
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Yes. You can find it at thestrangerapp.com/Android
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Major price drop right now I believe due to a Blackpool special. $109.99

I immediately jumped off the fence and purchased.
All small town magicians know what 793.8 signifies.
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If Iím in the uk are the recordings English accents or just the american recordings of the original ???
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Any idea roughly when this will be available to us Android users John? After Blackpookl maybe? We are really "chomping at the bit" for this release. Thanks.
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On Feb 14, 2020, Snidini wrote:
...We are really "chomping at the bit" for this release. Thanks.


The word is "champing"... Smile
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Couldnít resist downloading it with the discount. But Iím a little let down or maybe just a bit confused...Very mixed feelings.
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Iím in Australia right now so I downloaded the only Australian recording I could find on the app... and it doesnít sound like Iím speaking to someone on the phone at all! It sounds way too clean and crisp, especially when compared to the realistic ring tone before hand.

And to top it off, the accent is over the top and stereotyped. Iíve played it back several times now and Iím not entirely sure if the guy is an actor trying to imitate an Aussie accent, or if this guy happens to be one of the 1% of Australians that have a stereotypical Aussie ďgíday mate, shrimps on the barbie Ē accent. The accent is way to over-pronounced and doesnít seem to have any verbal attributes the average person has that youíd speak to day to day in Sydney or melbourne... By comparison, the UK recording is much better. Itís so clearly been voiced by an English lad, and when itís revealed he got the card right the English guy presumes it a hoax... which again, is a realistic touch. He doesnít believe for one second that he actually got the card right, and more importantly; he doesnít seem to care... itís perfectly English (apart from him playing along in the first place, if it were 100% realistic he would have hung up before saying a card). The Aussies reaction is so... culturally neutral? Thatís the best way I could describe it.

That said, the UK recording doesnít sound like he is on the other end of the phone.... the American recordings are better. You can hear the subtle echo of the background...


The American pizza shop recording is fantastic, it actually sounds like youíve called a pizza place, and the hold music is a great touch, itís by far the best recording in my opinion... that said, I feel it would have been a good decision to have 2 versions of this recording: the current guy with the American accent, and another with a foreign guy speaking English. That second recording would cover the rest of the English speaking world!! Foreign workers commonly work in pizza places in the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia (and Iím sure the other English speaking countries too, Iíve not lived in the others). Another important thing is that if you were to try this trick for real in the UK, and ACTUALLY call a real person, the likelihood of them telling you to ďf**k offĒ and hang up would be so high. Thatís way the pizza shop concept is so good! Realistically speaking they wouldnít hang up and would play along...

Honestly this app is close to being perfect for me, but the massive difference between the American recordings and the international recordings Iíve heard is staggering. the good international recordings still donít sound like a phone call, and the bad ones are laughably bad. Whereas the US recordings are pretty much perfect...

Maybe Iíve missed some trick, and there are actually 100ís if recordings Iíve missed somewhere, or maybe they are coming out shortly and Iíve misunderstood something... but if you want my honest 2 cents, here is one recording that covers the whole English speaking world: A guy speaking English with an Indian accent picking up the phone for an Indian restaurant. If it had the same level of quality and detail as the American pizza shop recording I would die a happy man.

Everything else in the app is good, no complaints.

****UPDATE***** >>> Iíve just got accepted into the Facebook group, and it does seem as if lots more recordings are going to be uploaded soon. So Iím really hoping that they are better than the first Aussie one.
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Seems to have been removed from the local appstore. Too bad I cannot take advantage of the discount!

Great news nevertheless!
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I thought that the option to make your own recordings was already available :/
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On Feb 15, 2020, Psy wrote:
I thought that the option to make your own recordings was already available :/

Only your own voicemail recordings (when no one picks up). You canít actually make your on card reveal recording... I thought the same as you when I bought :/
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Couldnít resist downloading it with the discount. But Iím a little let down or maybe just a bit confused...Very mixed feelings.
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Iím in Australia right now so I downloaded the only Australian recording I could find on the app... and it doesnít sound like Iím speaking to someone on the phone at all! It sounds way too clean and crisp, especially when compared to the realistic ring tone before hand.

And to top it off, the accent is over the top and stereotyped. Iíve played it back several times now and Iím not entirely sure if the guy is an actor trying to imitate an Aussie accent, or if this guy happens to be one of the 1% of Australians that have a stereotypical Aussie ďgíday mate, shrimps on the barbie Ē accent. The accent is way to over-pronounced and doesnít seem to have any verbal attributes the average person has that youíd speak to day to day in Sydney or melbourne... By comparison, the UK recording is much better. Itís so clearly been voiced by an English lad, and when itís revealed he got the card right the English guy presumes it a hoax... which again, is a realistic touch. He doesnít believe for one second that he actually got the card right, and more importantly; he doesnít seem to care... itís perfectly English (apart from him playing along in the first place, if it were 100% realistic he would have hung up before saying a card). The Aussies reaction is so... culturally neutral? Thatís the best way I could describe it.

That said, the UK recording doesnít sound like he is on the other end of the phone.... the American recordings are better. You can hear the subtle echo of the background...


The American pizza shop recording is fantastic, it actually sounds like youíve called a pizza place, and the hold music is a great touch, itís by far the best recording in my opinion... that said, I feel it would have been a good decision to have 2 versions of this recording: the current guy with the American accent, and another with a foreign guy speaking English. That second recording would cover the rest of the English speaking world!! Foreign workers commonly work in pizza places in the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia (and Iím sure the other English speaking countries too, Iíve not lived in the others). Another important thing is that if you were to try this trick for real in the UK, and ACTUALLY call a real person, the likelihood of them telling you to ďf**k offĒ and hang up would be so high. Thatís way the pizza shop concept is so good! Realistically speaking they wouldnít hang up and would play along...

Honestly this app is close to being perfect for me, but the massive difference between the American recordings and the international recordings Iíve heard is staggering. the good international recordings still donít sound like a phone call, and the bad ones are laughably bad. Whereas the US recordings are pretty much perfect...

Maybe Iíve missed some trick, and there are actually 100ís if recordings Iíve missed somewhere, or maybe they are coming out shortly and Iíve misunderstood something... but if you want my honest 2 cents, here is one recording that covers the whole English speaking world: A guy speaking English with an Indian accent picking up the phone for an Indian restaurant. If it had the same level of quality and detail as the American pizza shop recording I would die a happy man.

Everything else in the app is good, no complaints.

****UPDATE***** >>> Iíve just got accepted into the Facebook group, and it does seem as if lots more recordings are going to be uploaded soon. So Iím really hoping that they are better than the first Aussie one.

Another update on this ďreviewĒ.

I wouldnít call the above ^ a review really anymore, itís not going to be up to date very soon. There are a lot of cool concepts and recording types that are coming very soon, and Iíve sent my feedback and Jonathan will be re-recording the Aussie ones and for some other languages as well. The biggest positive to take away from this is that Jonathan is taking everything in board and is willing to change it right away.

If you want to call genuine people, this app is already a monster.
If you want to perform solo with recordings, this app has the foundations to be a monster, and it looks like it will flourish very soon.
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So the international version is available now?
Iím sure I signed up to be alerted.
Would have been nice to be able to have the option to purchase with the discount .
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On Feb 18, 2020, reignofsound wrote:
So the international version is available now?
Iím sure I signed up to be alerted.
Would have been nice to be able to have the option to purchase with the discount .


I signed up too. Did not get any update either.
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I only saw an option to sign up to be alerted for the android release, I didnít see one for the international version. Maybe Iím wrong. Android still isnít released.


It still might be discounted, check the App Store: I paid 109 euros... if itís an equivalent price in your currency then itís the discount price
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Curious if the app is compatible with Irish numbers? Anyone here have a clue?

Cheers,

Pete
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Curious if the app is compatible with Irish numbers? Anyone here have a clue?

Cheers,

Pete

Ireland is covered!
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Thanks tomd!
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Thinking between this and Diverter, can anyone who has both give there opinion on which to go for? Seems Diverter can do virtually the same just without any of the non-helper stuff, but this has those extra convincers which feels would add a lot... but price way way higher.

Differences with ease of use etc?
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Any update on the Android Release Jonathan???
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