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This article was published on April 14, 2015

    Twilio goes beyond voice and SMS with an API for embedding live video calling everywhere

    Twilio goes beyond voice and SMS with an API for embedding live video calling everywhere
    Owen Williams
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    Owen Williams

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    Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

    Twilio, the company that made it easy to make phone calls and SMS’ via an API call, has today announced its first big expansion beyond that: live video calling.

    The company’s new offering, Twilio Video, is launching into private beta today and hopes to make it easy to embed real-time video experiences into mobile apps, websites and more using WebRTC.

    Developers previously needed to build their own infrastructure for placing WebRTC calls, but Twilio’s new API means they don’t need to handle that, instead using their client-side libraries for offering live video via its existing 28 data centers around the world.

    Twilio’s live video service can handle up to four people on a call, unlimited video connections (it scales with you), low latency relay of calls via the nearest datacenter and full mobile optimization for iOS and Android users.

    The company also says that it will “always include a free tier of usage” but didn’t provide pricing at time of writing.

    Those interested in Twilio video can register for the private beta today (the link should be going live shortly).

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