Google And Twilio Team Up For First Cloud Voice And Messaging API
April 3, 2013

Twilio And Google Bring Developers First Cloud Voice And Message API

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

Google and Twilio are joining forces to bring app developers new cloud-powered tools to integrate VoIP and messaging services.

The collaboration will make Google´s Cloud Platform the first voice and messaging API available through the Google App Engine and allow developers to integrate VoIP and messaging capabilities into their apps with just a few lines of code.

San Francisco-based Twilio´s API can be integrated within apps to allow SMS and voice communications without the hardware and set-up fees typically charged by telecom providers. The Twilio client, aimed at commercial customers, is cloud-based and can run on mobile devices or desktops.

Companies such as Hulu, Airbnb, and others are among those already using Twilio´s API, with Google being the latest by adding it to its Cloud Platform and App Engine.

Twilio is "the first voice and messaging platform integrated with Google Cloud Platform,” said Twilio community manager Meghan Murphy in a blog post on Tuesday.

“Five years ago, if you told your IT department you needed to build and scale a communications app in a week, they´d laugh — maybe even quit,” she wrote.

“Today, we have cloud-powered tools that allow developers and entrepreneurs to do this in a matter of days, building real-world businesses at scale with Google Cloud Platform.”

Potential applications for using the Twilio API hosted on Google´s App Engine include sending business cards via SMS, on-call scheduling with PagerDuty and building a group-messaging app, Murphy said.

Separately, Google´s product marketing manager Robert Do announced native Python and Java libraries to make it even easier to integrate SMS or voice communications into apps.

“Have you ever wanted to integrate SMS or voice communications into your app? We´ve been working with our friends over at Twilio to make it easier to do so. Today we´re announcing native Phython and Java libraries for working with Twilio APIs onto Google Cloud Platform,” wrote Do in a blog post on Tuesday.

Twilio is offering 2,000 free text messages or voice minutes to users who upgrade their Twilio account.