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NTT Communications Offers SkyWay SDK for iOS/Android Apps Using WebRTC Platform

June 09, 2015

For readers following WebRTC solutions closely, you are aware that several service providers have decided early on that WebRTC is friend and not foe.  In fact, one of the biggest proponents of leveraging WebRTC has been Japan’s NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT. 

An example of the company’s enthusiasm is evident in the recent announcement of what NTT is calling “an unprecedented software development kit (SDK)”, available immediately, for use in developing iOS and Android applications/services that utilize the open SkyWay platform for Web-based (browser) real-time communications (WebRTC). The SDK is available at http://nttcom.github.io/skyway.

As NTT notes in making the SKD available, previously developers had to build WebRTC libraries and signaling servers to equip iOS and Android applications with WebRTC functions. However, the new SDK lets developers use SkyWay’s library and signaling server for WebRTC apps, thereby simplifying and accelerating the development process.

A reflection of the popularity of SkyWay, launched in December 2013 as Japan’s first WebRTC platform with SDKs for Web browser environments deploying JavaScript, there are already more than 8,000 applications for wide-ranging purposes that have been registered so far.

In fact, in making the announcement NTT cited a few SkyWay case histories including:

  • National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
    Miraikan held events that combine SkyWay and the educational robot Romo, enabling parents to communicate with their children by remote controlling Romo. This first user trial of SDK for iOS launched today.
    Mendori leveraged SkyWay to develop its Web Help Desk, which enables users to call the contact center by simply clicking on a web page, and SkyRTC, a video conference service.
  • Asratec Corp.
    SkyWay is used for a Web controller that simplifies the remote control of humanoid robot operations and movements control via a platform using the V-Sido operating system.
  • Academy Corporation
    SkyWay was deployed for amyROOM (beta), an online private tutoring service for online consulting about study subjects.
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Looking to build on SkyWay’s appeal, NTT took to heart developers requests to develop iOS and Android native applications since Safari and Chrome did not support WebRTC for iOS and some versions of Android browser. The new SDK resolves that issue as users can now equip iOSand Android native applications with WebRTC functions.

As has been the subject of several recent WebRTC Solutions community postings, service providers from around the world are really starting to warm up to the technology. The recognition that providing WebRTC platforms is a great way to vastly increase the number of applications and services that are accessible on their network is getting a warm/warmer embrace and no doubt service providers around the world are taking careful notes on what NTT is doing to accelerate WebRTC. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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