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This article was published on May 24, 2016


    Twilio’s Add-ons program is like a one-stop shop for APIs

    Twilio’s Add-ons program is like a one-stop shop for APIs
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    For developers, finding the right API can be tricky. Twilio is hoping to change that with Add-ons, a marketplace where developers and companies can access technologies in-use via the Twilio’s API.

    With pay-as-you-go pricing, Add-ons let developers quickly access the APIs of Twilio’s partners without having to create an account with that company. All of the authentication, framework and billing is handled by Twilio.

    Installable from the Twilio console, Add-ons are available for Programmable SMS, Programmable Voice and Twilio Lookup. At launch, partners include IBM Watson, NextCaller, WhitePages Pro, Mobile Commons and Payfone.

    Interestingly, this is the first time IBM has offered Watson to a third-party; only developers accessing either the IBM or Twilio platforms have access to Watson via an API.

    Every day, builders use Twilio in combination with other developer technologies to better reach their customers,” said Jeff Lawson, CEO of Twilio. “Our community of developers can now access these partners’ features without the heavy lifting of maintaining different integrations.”

    Perhaps best of all, it only requires one API installation. All integrations come courtesy of the Twilio API; all a developer has to do is manage which integrations they’d like to use.

    Add-ons are available starting today from the partners listed above.