Echolink on Android

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Echolink on Android works well.

Audio can be:

  1. wired headphones work normally, the microphone in the headphones works. You have to manually select them with the speaker icon on the top right of the app
  2. Bluetooth works poorly for me on Android and Blackberry, bad/missing RX/TX audio. Others have noted these problems too. I can tell the HSP (headset profile) is being selected.
  3. Speaker

Usage

Connection

Most people will be using “relay” connections, which precludes one-to-one connections..

Blackberry 10

BB10 uses Amazon Echolink app for Android to run Echolink on BB10 devices in the same manner/features as above.

Wish list

I wish the Echolink network stack would be upgraded to not require firewall ports to be opened, this causes some extra difficulty for users. I think most people have been using Triggered Port Forwarding to have their router send Echolink traffic to them as their IP changes on their LAN/WLAN. Or they have used Proxy Servers and now the relay method.

Skype has managed to do one-to-one connections without firewall port opening for a very long time, also using direct one-to-one and one-to-many data connections with the server used only a broker to facilitate the initial call setup.

Notes

temporary (now fixed) issue

Echolink was “temporarily removed” from Google Play Store in January 2018.

Existing Echolink installs were not affected and were still usable.

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