• August 11, 2015

Digium Releases SDKs for Adding Communications to Mobile Apps

Digium, the Asterisk company, has released the Respoke software development kits (SDKs) for Android and iOS, allowing companies to add live, in-app communications capabilities to mobile applications.

The SDKs, released under a permissive open-source license, include support for instant messaging and WebRTC voice and video calling and the ability to send free push notification messages and calls to applications, even when offline or in the background.

"The Respoke mobile SDKs allow an experienced developer to add messaging, voice, or video to a native app within a couple of days, rather than the weeks or months that it would typically take," said Charlie Wilson, director of developer products at Digium, in a statement. "This functionality, combined with our integrated push notification feature, greatly improves the ability for an enterprise to communicate directly and personally with its customers."

"The Respoke mobile SDKs made it so easy to implement the real-time communications features of our app," said Jason Adams, founder of Ninjanetic, an early user of the SDKs, in a statement. "The interface is simple and straightforward, allowing us to implement all of the complexities of chat, calling and identity with just a couple of classes. A surprising amount of that code came straight from the example applications."

In addition to the mobile push notifications, the Respoke SDKs handle identity, message delivery, and call signaling. Developers add code to handle events and to incorporate select Respoke features into their user interfaces. The SDKs match the general design of the existing Respoke JavaScript library. The SDKs are integrated with CocoaPods and Maven, the package repositories for iOS and Android.

The Respoke platform has also been updated to support the features used by the SDKs. Developers will now see a push configuration tab when signing in to the Respoke Developer Console, allowing them to set the credentials and certificates required by Apple and Google and to set the rules that control if and when push notifications are sent.

Digium's Respoke real-time communications platform includes access to the new mobile SDKs and is available as a free trial. Pricing plans start at $10 per month for basic usage.

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