SMS, voice integration with App Engine simplified

Google Inc., and cloud communication company Twilio have collaborated in a project that will make it easier for mobile application developers to integrate SMS and voice communications in apps running on the search engine’s App Engine platform.

In a post on the Google App Engine Blog, the company said it and Twilio have created native Python and Java libraries for working on Twilio’s APIs.

“You can start building voice and SMS features into your App Engine apps today,” Robert Do, product manager at Google, said. “Together with Twilio, we’ll help you get started with 2,000 free text messages or voice minutes.”

(Robert Do shows how to send a text message from App Engine using Python. After installing the Twilio library, it just takes a few lines of code to send an SMS.)

To get started, developers must sign up for App Engine and Twilio accounts, then follow a guide on how to integrate Twilio services into their apps.

Twilio is a pay-as-you-go service which charges two cents per minute for outbound calls and one cent per text message. New users get 2,000 free text messages or voice minutes from Twilio.


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Do’s post shows how developers can add a few lines of code to send a text message from App Engine using Python. Developers can also view from a developer guide, different sample apps, and code based on Python and Java that they can base their own designs on.

Twilio’s platform is made up of three parts: voice, SMS and client.

The first two enable applications to make regular phone calls and send and receive text messages. The client-enabled VoIP calls from any phone, tablet or browser.

The platform supports WebRTC. WebRTC enables developers to add voice and video communication in Web-based applications.

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