The recently released Chrome 64 brought an important change whereby by default, camera and microphone permissions cannot be requested in cross-origin iframes such as the Gruveo embed. If you are using static HTML
<iframe> code to embed Gruveo on your website, it is important to make sure that it includes the
allow="microphone; camera" attribute as specified in our developer documentation. Otherwise, the Gruveo embed will be failing with the “Cannot access camera and/or microphone” message.
allow attribute automatically.
We have prepared some important changes to the Gruveo subscription pricing as well as to how free Gruveo calls are handled.
Over the past several weeks, we have been hard at work optimizing our server infrastructure to bring the costs down. This work is finally bearing fruit and we are happy to be able to pass the savings on to our subscribers. Effective immediately, we are slashing 40% off the Gruveo monthly subscription price.
If you already are a Gruveo subscriber, you can take advantage of the new pricing while keeping your Gruveo account. All you need to do is cancel your existing subscription and then reactivate it after the end of your billing cycle at the new price. See this article for details.
Along with making the subscription even more affordable, we are also introducing important changes to the free usage of Gruveo.
Up till now, all one-on-one calls on Gruveo have been free and unlimited. At the same time, group calls have been automatically disconnected after 10 minutes unless a Gruveo subscriber joined the call. To reduce the confusion and let users experience Gruveo’s high-quality group calling better, we are introducing a unified 20-minute limit to all free calls. (A free call is a call with no logged in Gruveo subscribers on it.) The new limit will kick in on January 25.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
We believe that the new subscription pricing as well as the free calling rules will make Gruveo more understandable and affordable. To start your free 14-day Gruveo trial, click here.
We are excited to announce two new features that have just been added to Gruveo: caller blocking and chat history emailing.
Caller blocking is a new feature that lets you block callers from specific countries. One piece of feedback that we regularly hear from our users is that they sometimes get unwanted or mistaken calls from abroad. The issue is especially pronounced for owners of popular and easy-to-guess @handles.
With the new caller blocking feature, you can now block callers from unwanted countries with a couple of clicks. Here’s how:
Done! You will no longer receive rings or missed call notifications for calls from the selected countries. Note that the callers will still be able to leave you a message if you have the Text Mail feature enabled.
Another piece of user feedback that we are addressing with the latest update is the ability to preserve the history of your in-call text chats. With this feature, the chat history is emailed to you immediately after each Gruveo call. No more worrying about losing that link or piece of important text pasted into the text chat!
For privacy reasons, chat history emailing is not enabled by default. Here is how to enable it:
We hope you are as excited about caller blocking and chat history emailing as we are. These new features are available to all Gruveo subscribers immediately. If you are not yet a subscriber, start your free 14-day trial today:Start Your Free Trial
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been really busy improving the Gruveo call experience on iOS – both in Safari as well as the Gruveo app.
The Gruveo app for iOS now supports automatic call reconnection. If your Internet connection drops mid-call, the app will now try really hard to reconnect the call instead of ending it. We first introduced this advanced reconnection functionality in our web app, and now it’s present in all of the Gruveo apps out there, including the Android one.
The Gruveo web application has seen a nasty bug fixed where the whole device would freeze during a video call in Safari on iOS 11. Now the Gruveo experience in iOS 11 Safari is as smooth as ever.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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.