QuickBlox Announces Support for Android Group Video Chat
QuickBlox provides developers with its Q-municate software development kit (SDK) so businesses can easily integrate video calling and instant messaging into their mobile apps. Its mobile backend operates in the cloud and can assist with both Android and iOS app creation.
The company’s latest announcement regards the availability of group video calling. It has now launched support for group video calls in its Android SDK 2.4. The QuickBlox SDK uses WebRTC to enable this functionality; it now completes this method of video support for Android and iOS, and it will preview what’s to come for Web-based applications, which should find support by the end of 2015.
QuickBlox’s announcement is short. It begins with this basic, though excited, reply to all developers who have long requested support for group calling:
“We are happy to inform you that Android WebRTC Group video calling is finally here!” the blog post says. “A lot of developers wanted it so now it’s finally released with QuickBlox Android SDK 2.4.”
Seems simple enough. But under the hood, the inner workings of the development kit has taken a new form, and the documentation for the SDK has been cleaned to give users an easier look at what they can achieve.
More than 30,000 developers and organizations use QuickBlox for part of their application creation efforts. This new trend of supplying mobile backends as a service, a style of business known as mBaaS, comes alongside all other industries that have moved their services to the cloud. It began with software and then moved to databases, storage, computing time, and analytics. Now, businesses can run all their operations from servers they will never see.
What this provides is a simplicity to operations that businesses previously could not have realized. Instead of using their own hardware and maintenance staff to handle operations such as storage and analytics, individual associates can access everything they need from a desktop, laptop, or mobile phone. They can harness the power of off-site databases that third parties maintain and update. This has also had a strong impact on the types of software licenses that service providers now offer.
In the case of QuickBlox, its mobile backend service fulfills the need for servers that can handle video communication. Its development tools begin by allowing developers to link their own applications to the QuickBlox cloud, and the power of its cloud-based platform gives those applications access to video chat through their servers.
Edited by Kyle Piscioniere