Category Archives for Announcements

iOS App Screenshots

As promised, here are some screenshots of the upcoming Gruveo app for iOS. The app is still undergoing review but we hope to be able to announce the release date very soon. Enjoy!

iOS App Update: Encryption Matters

Good news! We have submitted the Gruveo iOS app to the App Store this weekend, and it is currently awaiting review. Fingers crossed for a speedy approval!

If there is one thing we learned during the submission process, it is that governments take encryption pretty seriously. Due to Gruveo encrypting all of your calls, we actually had to apply for a permission from the US government to make the app available worldwide. (This is because the app will reside on Apple’s US servers, and whenever someone downloads it from abroad, “export of encryption technology” will take place.) Thankfully, we managed to get the permission very quickly.

Things turned out to be different with the French government. France has very stringent laws for importing encryption products. Making an encryption-related app available in France involves mailing quite a bit of paperwork around (in French), and then waiting one to four months for authorization.

Unfortunately, this means that the Gruveo iOS app will not be available in the French App Store at launch. We will do everything possible to release it in France as soon as possible though.

Be on a lookout for the first screenshots of our shiny new iOS app!

Gruveo Codes Get Human Touch with Letters Now Allowed

Gruveo codes have been numeric ever since we launched the service last year. The main reason was that we felt there was a smaller chance for error when you had to tell someone a Gruveo code verbally.

However, we quickly discovered that there were issues with numeric codes. First, they are hard to remember. Second, they carry no emotional charge, which further contributes to problem #1. And third, lots of new Gruveo users confuse them with telephone numbers that they can somehow “dial”.

Today, we are addressing these issues by allowing Gruveo codes to contain letters as well as numbers. This means that instead of using a faceless “10910” for a call with your friend Joe, you can go for “joe79”, “joesmith” or even “justchillin” as your code.

The new Gruveo codes may contain letters but they don’t have to. So if all-numeric codes is what you are used to, there is no need to change anything.

Gruveo us on #funkybanana, anyone? 🙂

Thank You!

Wow! The past couple of days have been really crazy over here at Gruveo. Shortly after the Gruveo 2.0 launch, the story was picked by a number of major media outlets across the world and we’re currently going through a massive traffic spike. This is what we call a “Lifehacker test” for our servers – thankfully, they are coping just fine.

Over just the past three days, people from 72 countries used Gruveo to make their “world’s easiest” video call. The story about Gruveo landing on Android has been retweeted over 800 times.

But what’s really important to us is this…

Feedback like this is the best possible payoff for the months of hard work we spent developing Gruveo 2.0. This is what keeps us pushing forward to bring the world’s easiest video calls to everyone. And make no mistake, there is even more exciting stuff coming this summer 🙂

Thank you very much for making it all happen!

Hello Android: The New Gruveo Is Live

The big day has finally come and Gruveo 2.0 is live! Starting today, you can make the world’s easiest video calls on desktop and Android. Try it right now:

Click here for the new Gruveo

Just agree with the other person on a code, enter it on Gruveo and you’re talking. As before, all Gruveo calls are secure, anonymous and require no installs or registration. And check out that call quality – we think you will be pleasantly surprised 🙂

But Wait… There’s One More Thing!

Before you dive in and take Gruveo 2.0 for a ride, there is just one thing we’d like to ask you.

We worked hard to make Gruveo 2.0 happen, and now we need your help. Please spread the word about the new Gruveo! Tweet about it, post about it on Facebook or simply make Gruveo an excuse to call an old friend.

Enjoy – and thank you for being a part of this!