Tokbox launches its WebRTC Android SDK and adds video archiving and playback to its OpenTok platform

Tokbox launches its WebRTC Android SDK and adds video archiving and playback to its OpenTok platform

Telecommunications company Tokbox is releasing a set of new features and tools to help advance WebRTC technology through the use of its OpenTok platform. It announced the availability of a new SDK for Android, along with a set of new enterprise-level features, including archiving and playback.

It’s been more than a year since the Telefonica-owned company launched its iOS SDK. The Android version has the same capabilities as its counterpart and will enable developers to implement video chat technology into their apps.

The functionality of Tokbox’s OpenTok platform have also been enhanced. The first update is the addition of archiving and playback — now available in beta. With these capabilities, developers can add video stream recording into their live video chat apps and save it as a H.264/AAC MP4 file. The recording could also be streamed through any player.

In addition, the platform now offers dynamic frame rate control, which enables developers to efficiently allocate frame rates to video streams in real-time based on an app’s logic. As Tokbox explains it:

This allows developers to decide where they want to spend constrained bandwidth resources to deliver the best experience for their users.

Lastly, OpenTok features TURN over TCP capabilities which will permit apps to run WebRTC in environments that typically didn’t allow it (i.e. behind company firewalls).

Company CEO Ian Small said in a statement:

As the WebRTC community continues to grow, we continue to listen and provide the most advanced and requested capabilities so developers can just build great products. Archiving & Playback and native support for Android have been the most requested features from developers and enterprises alike over the past year. Our ongoing mission is to provide developers with the best tools for creating innovative websites and mobile applications incorporating live video. We’re trying to make it both easy for developers to build, and to improve the experience for their users.

Developers should note that archiving and playback is free to use during its beta period with no download or playback limits. The Android SDK is also in open beta while the two other new features are open to all.

Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

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