A version of this article originally appeared on the blog publication “In Context,” by Nexmo, The Vonage API Platform. The OpenTok Live Video API is now part of Nexmo.
Slack is a popular workplace collaboration tool that has an estimated 10+ million daily active users. With so many people using Slack, including those within our own developer community, bringing our customizable live video experience with the TokBox-Slack integration app was a natural progression. Elevating the developer experience is at the forefront of everything we do, from our developer center to our Live Video API, the OpenTok platform.
Late last week, Microsoft released the April Update for Windows 10. This update contains the latest version of the Edge browser, Edge 17. We are happy to announce beta support for the Edge browser across our live video platform. All the great features of the OpenTok platform are now available in beta with Microsoft Edge!
We have been tracking the progress of Edge over the last 12 months, testing the Windows Insider builds, and providing feedback to Microsoft. We were delighted when Microsoft introduced support for the WebRTC 1.0 APIs in the 2017 Spring release and we applaud them for the improvements they have made since then.
Recently, TokBox introduced Video Chat Embeds enabling you to add real-time communication to your website with just a few lines of code. Video embeds can be easily integrated into websites built on any of the following platforms:
- Zoho Sites
- Weebly (Business and above)
- WordPress hosted account (paid)
At Google I/O 17 this week, Google unveiled one of the most important Android developer announcements in recent years. There is now an official alternative to Java for Android app development, and that alternative is called Kotlin.
TokBox powers live video experiences within Android applications and we are pleased for this new choice that will make it easier and safer to produce compelling real-time experiences for customers. So in this blog we explore the benefits of Kotlin for app developers, and how Kotlin can be used with the OpenTok Android SDK.
Mozilla has released further enhancements to Firefox Hello, powered by OpenTok, including the ability to screen share within a video chat. This new feature allows participants to open and share a browser tab or application window from within the chat, making browsing, shopping, drafting or any other activity more collaborative and engaging.
The OpenTok.js SDK integrates beautifully into current HTML elements, providing a great variety of layouts and styles. But why should we stick to the traditional 2D design? Modern browsers offer us the power of 3D visualization with WebGL, a technology that has already opened up a new world of interaction and presentation of data within the browser domain.
With an objective to take advantage of the possibilities of 3D within the browser, we created the OpenTok 3D demo. The OpenTok 3D demo is a multi-party video application which shows how we can integrate the OpenTok.js API with WebGL technology using the three.js library. One of the objectives of this demo application is to inspire people building on top of the OpenTok.js SDK, showing them the beginning of endless possibilities on how we can present the video screens in a true 3D world. Cameras, lights, textures, rendering effects, and more, can be leveraged to enrich the final experience.
When creating new services and products, organizations always face a challenge whether to buy or build key underlying components and functionality. As WebRTC attracts an increasing degree of interest, we regularly hear from customers that they are considering the trade-off around the decision to buy or build. Many go so far as to try and build their own real time video or audio solution before they turn to a hosted platform like OpenTok. Not surprisingly given the business we are in, we come down pretty strongly on the side of leveraging a hosted service.