Ever since launching in 2013, Gruveo has been all about making it really simple for people to connect to each other. We began by enabling any two people to start a video or voice call simply by popping into the same Gruveo room – no account or installs needed. And last year, we added Gruveo handles – permanent usernames that work like phone numbers and let others call you anytime, anywhere.
Starting today, we are making handles the defining feature of Gruveo. With this, we are putting handles front and center in Gruveo’s value proposition as a tool for businesses to let their customers get in touch in an easy, secure and feature-rich way.
A Gruveo handle is a truly magical thing. Every handle comes with a short link, e.g. grv.to/@myhandle, which, when clicked, starts a call with you right in the caller’s browser. No account or installs are needed, even on mobile!
Here is what makes Gruveo handles so great:
Handles become part of the new Gruveo subscription, which is available immediately and comes with a risk-free 14-day trial. As a Gruveo subscriber, you can:
You can cancel your Gruveo subscription anytime, and if you do, you will be able to access your account for another 14 days to save your content.
We are no longer offering Gruveo Pro to new customers, but if you are an existing Pro user, you can continue enjoying your subscription without changes. Actually, there is one change: Now you can organize group calls with 12 participants instead of 8!
If you are a free registered user with a Gruveo handle, you will continue receiving calls on your handle as before. You can switch to the new Gruveo subscription anytime, too, but please be advised that you will not be able to keep your handle if you cancel.
Finally, if you don’t have a Gruveo account, you can call handles, join call rooms and have unlimited one-on-one conversations on Gruveo just like you did before.
We are convinced that you will like the new Gruveo subscription. To start your risk-free 14-day trial, click here.
...and it will make your Gruveo call experience even smoother!
Why should you be excited about a technical "thing" when you're just a Gruveo user? Let us explain.
Let's imagine this scenario you must be familiar with:
You've finally managed to schedule an important call with your very busy client to discuss a very important matter of your co-operation.
Have you been looking for a simple way to quickly add video and voice calling into your website or your iOS and Android app? Haven't found the perfect solution?
We have great news for you today - Gruveo for Developers now covers all major platforms!
With the latest release of the iOS SDK, the package is now complete and ready to enable video calling on websites and apps around the world.
The new SDK lets you add a video chat screen to your iOS app and communicate with it using a simple API. The screen comes with all user-facing controls already in place and is the quickest way to add video and voice chat to your application.
Great news for the Arabic world! With our latest version that was just released, you can use the Gruveo Android app in Arabic.
Even though Gruveo was blocked in the UAE in February, there are still many Arabic users who love using Gruveo, One Call Number For All Your Communications, and would love it even more in their native language. The Gruveo for Android app now offers this option.
If you run a WordPress website, you'll be very excited to learn that supercharging it with a Gruveo call button is now easier than ever. With our new Gruveo Call Button plugin, adding the button to your WordPress site is now a simple matter of a couple of clicks — no HTML copying and pasting required!
With a Gruveo call button, your website visitors call you on your Gruveo handle with voice and video without having to leave your site. Callers don't need their own accounts, and the service works in all major browsers without installs.
Dear developers, we want to remind you that our Embed API is graduating from Beta on August 14, 2017. If you have been using the Gruveo Embed API since its early beta days and you only have an API secret without a corresponding client ID, you need to take action now!
First, you need to contact our Sales team as soon as possible. They will provide you with a client ID and a new API secret that will ensure your continued access to the API.
Second, you will need to update your code to use the current API authentication scheme. Please see Accessing Extended Mode in the developer documentation for details.
Please make sure to request your API client ID to be able to use the Embed API beyond August 14, 2017.
Yet more fantastic news for developers! We have just released the Gruveo SDK for Android and we want you to check it out.
The SDK lets you add a video chat screen to your app and communicate with it using a simple API. The screen comes with all user-facing controls already in place and is the quickest way to add video and voice chat to your Android app.
Not that long ago, we released the Favorites feature for our Android app, leaving the Gruveo for iOS app users a bit sad...but not for long. The Gruveo for iOS app now has the Favorites feature, too. And it’s also got the Recents feature!
The Recents feature shows you the whole call history—all incoming and outgoing calls. For each call, you can see the date and time of the call, the call room name or handle called, whether it was an incoming or outgoing call and how many Gruveo video or voice calls you have had using that particular call room/handle.
Dear developers, may we have your attention please?
Ahead of the Gruveo Embed API's graduation from beta, there are a few supercool new features we've recently added and would like to tell you more about.
Gruveo Embed API is a wonderfully easy way to add video and voice calling to your website in minutes. Yes, that's right! It only takes a couple of minutes because we serve you a fully cooked, ready-to-use solution. You don't need to be a coding superman to work with it either. Want to check it out? Click here to learn more.
Here's what's new in the Embed API:
We are happy to announce that our Embed API, initially announced in late 2015, is graduating from beta on August 14, 2017.
What does this mean for you? If you have been using the Gruveo Embed API since its early beta days and you only have an API secret without a client ID, read on. If you already have a client ID, then this announcement doesn't change anything for you.