OpenTok API Now AIR-for-mobile-enabled; New HTML Embed Offers “Drag and Drop” Solution for Integrating Live, Group Video Chat in to Websites
SAN FRANCISCO — April 14, 2011 — Following its successful launch of the OpenTok API in November 2010, today TokBox announced two new product launches – mobile features for the OpenTok API and the first OpenTok Widget, an HTML embed. These two product launches underscore the overall TokBox vision of powering video chat across the web and across devices.
Since the launch of the OpenTok API four months ago, the number of websites and web applications integrating video chat using the API has more than doubled, and now almost 80 websites and web applications are live. TokBox is launching these two new products as a direct result of this success, and in response to demand from both existing and potential partners.
The first launch is the addition of a set of mobile features to the OpenTok API. Developers can now build video chat into AIR apps for Android and iOS devices enabling mobile users to participate in a video chat. In addition, developers can now create web apps that are viewable on Android devices. The new OpenTok mobile features open up the realm of possibilities for developers and website owners and are TokBox’s first steps towards a more complete mobile offering.
“Facilitating the use of OpenTok to mobile devices has always been at the top of our ‘next steps’ list,” said Ian Small, CEO of TokBox. “From the moment we introduced the OpenTok API, developers and businesses asked about mobile capability, since they all know – as do we – that mobile devices are quickly surpassing computers as the tool most used for social interaction. We anticipate much more widespread adoption of the OpenTok API after completing this first step of our mobile capabilities.”
The second launch, a basic embed, makes it incredibly easy for anyone, even non-technical users, to drop live, group video chat into their website, blog or social network. By following a simple three-step wizard, anyone with a web presence can generate a customized embed for their site. No technical knowledge or coding is required. Users simply copy and paste the line of HTML code into their site and video chat is ready for use.
Built on the OpenTok API, the basic embed supports up to 20 participants in live video chat at once, offers one-click sharing to Facebook and Twitter, and gives participants the ability to move their own video streams around a site and use picture-in-picture capability. The HTML embed also provides moderation controls, which allows the chat moderator to determine the start and end times of the chat, as well as the ability to ban participants from the video chat.
“We soft-launched the basic chat embed on April 5 and after only 9 days almost 600 sites have integrated it into their websites,” said Small, “We’ve always known there was a demand, but the numbers are very encouraging, so we will continue to build out our OpenTok Widgets offering and we are currently developing more plug-and-play widget options for our users.”
TokBox, Inc. is the leading, Web-based group video communications provider. OpenTok, the company’s flagship product, is a game-changing new platform that enables Web site owners to weave live, group video conversations into their application, using either the OpenTok API or OpenTok Widgets. The platform targets businesses, entrepreneurs, developers and anyone with a web presence, and harnesses the power of video like never before to drive user engagement in combination with the website’s content. OpenTok-powered video conversations can be woven into nearly any web activity or wrapped around a site’s content – from shopping with friends to talking about a breaking news story – live, face-to-face on the web. The scalable, customizable platform incorporates quality-enhancing proprietary TokBox technology and accommodates up to 20 chat participants live with thousands watching. TokBox is privately held and headquartered in San Francisco, CA.