Wake up at Gizmo.
Russel Shaw, who edits the great VoIP blog at ZDnet, posted some days ago notes about apparent low memory usage of the Gizmo softphone, comparing to that of archrival Skype (7.4mb Vs 24.5mb).
Indeed, it's a very nice tech stat for wave with to the softphone power-users community. However, I assume that this isn't really the "pot of gold" that Gizmo needs to look at.
Simply because that up until now, I was very disspointed with mediocre/poor implementation of core softphone features, that practically takes out the fun from trying Gizmo (I still load the app on startup though):
- Search for other users in the network is quite primitive. I can't find friends who might be testing it as well.
- Bugs in avatar display (what's the problem to repair it?) - the pic isn't scaled correctly and the result it that my online presence display looks unprofessional.
- Still some problems with connecting to the network on startup. Who has patience to click "retry to connect" ?
Some other are mainly aestechic/cosmetic bugs.
It looks like the main challenge here is really to form an enthusiactic community and get as many users as possible to feel the Gizmo experience and discover what they consider are "advantages". They need to push hard on the viral factor.
But when basic "communication" aspects, like presence, contacts list and network connection aren't working tip-top - I assume that many users would simply ditch the client after 10 mins. of grace.
I'd love to test the Gizmo audio engine and call features (recording mainly) - but not when I need to invest more than 30 mins. to set up a proper profile and hunt for contacts.