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Screen Sharing Support Lands in the Embed API

Gruveo developers, rejoice! The Gruveo Embed API now supports outgoing screen sharing in Chrome and Firefox on desktop. In Chrome, the user will be prompted to install the Gruveo Screen Sharing extension when turning on the screen sharing for the first time. In Firefox, no extension installation is necessary.

To provide access to this new functionality, we have added the new screenSharingAvailability event to the API, as well as extended the existing embed.toggleVideo() method and the streamStateChange event. Please refer to the JavaScript API Reference for details. We have also updated our Basic Demo to provide an example of how you can access the screen sharing functionality through the Embed API.

The screen sharing feature is available to all Embed API users immediately. Like before, displaying incoming screen sharing streams is available on all platforms supported by the Embed API.

Developer Alert: Updating the Static Embed Code for Chrome 64

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.

If you embed Gruveo using JavaScript, you don’t need to do anything because our JavaScript API inserts the allow attribute automatically.

We recommend using JavaScript to embed Gruveo to ensure that the latest compatible code is always used. If you are still using the static HTML method, now may be a good time to switch to the JavaScript approach instead. You can find the details in our API docs.

New Feature: Add Callers to Your Ongoing Gruveo Call

If you use Gruveo often (we hope you do!), you probably want to be alerted of any incoming calls even while you are on a call with someone else. Additionally, you should be able to add new callers right to the ongoing call, without having to use a room for such impromptu group conversations. Well, starting today, you can do both.

Get Alerts for Parallel Incoming Calls

Whenever you have an ongoing Gruveo conversation and a new call on your Gruveo link comes in, you will now get an alert like the one shown below.

A special alert will notify you of a parallel incoming call (Gruveo web app only).

The alert will give you two options:

  • Add the caller to your ongoing call
  • Decline the incoming call.

You can also hang up your ongoing call, in which case you will be taken to the incoming call screen for the caller who’s trying to reach you.

Another Easy Way to Create Group Conversations

The call notification feature provides a new easy way to create group calls on Gruveo. Instead of organizing your group call in a call room, or sharing the one-time join URL for an ongoing call on your Gruveo link, do the following:

  1. Tell all call participants to follow your Gruveo link (grv.to/@myhandle) on the agreed upon time
  2. Take the first call that comes in
  3. Add any subsequent callers to the ongoing call.

It’s really that simple!

Available in the Gruveo Web App Today

The new call notification feature is currently available in the Gruveo web app on www.gruveo.com. We are working on bringing it to our Android and iOS apps, too. Meanwhile, here’s to even fewer missed calls and a new easy way to create group conversations on Gruveo!

Improvements to the Gruveo Experience on iOS

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!

Did You Get Your Gruveo Button?

If you don't have your Gruveo button, you’re missing out on something awesome.

​Just to remind you: with the Gruveo button, people call you on your Gruveo @handle right from your website with one click on, well, the button.

Gruveo button for easy video calls from your website on your Gruveo @handle

We released this handy little button a couple of weeks ago, so if you have a Gruveo @handle and use it for business, you should have it up and running on your website by now.

​If you don't, then here's a Help Center article titled What Is The Gruveo Call Button? that covers everything about the button.

If getting your button has just slipped through the cracks of your busy business life, click here to get it now and start enjoying all the benefits it brings to other businesses.​

Remember—there is a comments section below for your thoughts and questions, so please don't hesitate to use it. You can “like” the article if you find it helpful, too.

If You Need Help with Group Calling…

... we have an article titled How to Make Group Calls with Gruveo ready for you in the Help Center that has the answers you are looking for.

Gruveo group video call on iPhone 6

You will find step-by-step guides covering how to make a Gruveo group call in a disposable call room, and by using a registered Gruveo @handle too.

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Gruveo Lands on the Editorial List of Top 5 Video Calling Apps in Google Play

We are very proud to share this awesome news with you today. The Google Play editorial team just put Gruveo on its list of Top 5 video calling apps - alongside Skype, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and ooVoo. According to Google, the apps on the list "get it right" as far as video calling goes.

Gruveo is on the editorial list of the TOP 5 video calling apps in Google Play

The reasons why the Google Play editorial team love Gruveo are:

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Final Reminder to Update Your Gruveo Mobile App

We want to remind you to update the Gruveo app on all your mobile devices. If you haven't done so already, now’s your chance!

As you know, we are retiring support for all the older versions of Gruveo apps for iOS and Android tomorrow (June 23, 2017). The web application is updated automatically but you need to update your Gruveo apps for iOS and Android yourself.

If you missed the announcement, click here to read the original blog post with more information.

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Happy Birthday, Gruveo App for Android!

It feels like only a couple of months have passed by and yet here we are today, celebrating the first birthday of the Gruveo app for Android! Time flies, right? As proud parents, we are delighted by the success of our youngest app. It's been extremely useful to thousands of Gruveo users so far, helping them make easy video and voice calls on the go.

Gruveo video calling app for Android is celebrating its first birthday

And not just that! It's grown significantly and improved its stability and performance over the past year. Apart from the common Gruveo features we've been adding, the Android app has some of its own, too.

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5 Reasons Why Gruveo Call Quality Is So Great

Time and time again we hear our users rave about Gruveo call quality. We frequently hear questions like: "How can the Gruveo call quality be this awesome compared to other video calling providers?". Well, we feel it's time for us to explain ourselves 🙂

There are, in fact, five reasons why Gruveo quality is so great. Let's have a look at them one by one, shall we?

1. WebRTC​

​Gruveo is built upon WebRTC - a rapidly evolving open-source technology for realtime communications. Relying on WebRTC means that we can quickly bring you the latest technological advancements in the area of realtime voice and video.

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