Twilio — provider of pay-as-you-go cloud communications services which we’ve already covered in the past — launched Twilio Client, a software toolkit for web, iOS, and Android development that allows developers to enable voice communications within any application.
Here’s the official pitch:
With Twilio Client, millions of web developers worldwide can now build Skype-like voice capabilities with Twilio’s scalable, reliable communications infrastructure-as-a-service. With just a few lines of code, web and mobile applications can host voice conversations, conference calls, and other forms of rich communication. Twilio Client works simultaneously across platforms, allowing web browsers, mobile phones, and tablets running iOS or Android to communicate seamlessly. The service also integrates with traditional phone service and SMS using Twilio’s existing web service APIs for making and receiving phone calls and text messages.
Sounds promising, especially when you consider the price – it’s 1/4 cent per minute. Yep, we may soon have a dozen of new Skype-like services popping all around the world. Not sure that’s a good thing, but that’s another story.