SIGNAL 2015: Twilios new APIs provide applications with IM, audio conferences, and more

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Cloud-based communication experts, Twilio, kicked off their SIGNAL conference yesterday and announced a host of powerful new features for the trusted platform.

One of the most game-changing new additions is the ‘IP Messaging API‘ which enables you to build a complete messaging app without the need to build scalable infrastructure. It features all you would expect from a modern messaging API including a typing indicator, message read status, mobile push notifications, and chat history.

Another announcement, Messaging Copilot, furthers the platform’s messaging capabilities through allowing developers to send SMS or MMS messages anywhere in the world with a local number that changes relative to the receiver’s location. 

One of the few times I regularly use a landline is for conference calls with companies who haven’t yet found the wonders of the internet. Twilio, to my relief, is helping to hasten putting the nail in landline’s coffin with the announcement of support for a global audio conference service for up to 250 participants. Not enough?  An “epic” conference service which supports thousands of participants is also taking reservations

Twilio has also launched their video service which we reported on last month if you prefer / need a more visual aspect to your calls. The new feature uses the fantastic WebRTC standard to ensure reliable cross-platform support without sacrificing quality. 

In a blog post, Twilio wrote: “The Cloud Infrastructure provides all of the orchestration for setting up a video call: Registration, signaling, and media routing. The new Twilio web and mobile SDKs provide the other half, making it really easy to consume these services across the different supported platforms of iOS, Android and JavaScript.” 

Authy, the two-factor authentication experts which Twilio recently purchased, has received an update to help round-off the new features and now allows customers to approve login requests from a simple push notification. 

To ensure Twilio’s core communication features reach more users than ever, the company is expanding its global footprint to include mobile numbers in Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary and Israel – to bolster the 200 existing countries already available. 

Do you intend on trying Twilio’s latest features? Let us know in the comments.


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