Gruveo 2.0 Is Underway! - Gruveo

Gruveo 2.0 Is Underway!

Update July 10: Gruveo 2.0 launch date has been announced.

Update July 4: First screenshots of Gruveo 2.0 have been posted. Click here to check them out!

For almost a year now, Gruveo has been a trusted choice for anyone looking to make super-easy and secure video calls. We are constantly searching for ways to improve our service, and we are happy to announce that a big update to Gruveo will go live in the coming weeks.

What Is Changing?

The current version of Gruveo is based on Flash, and while it has served us well, it’s time to say goodbye. The biggest issue with Flash is that it doesn’t work on mobile devices, and limiting an online service to desktop only in 2014 is just crazy.

We are rebuilding Gruveo with WebRTC, a new standard (part of HTML5) that makes in-browser video calling possible without the need for plugins. WebRTC is already supported by Chrome, Firefox and Opera on desktop and Android. An SDK for developing iOS apps exists as well.

Here is what the new version of Gruveo will bring:

  • Superior audio and video quality
  • Desktop support in Chrome, Firefox and Opera
  • Mobile support in Chrome, Firefox and Opera (Android only)
  • iOS app for making calls on iPhone and iPad (scheduled for summer 2014)
  • Secure, encrypted, peer-to-peer video calling that’s based on an open standard.

What Should I Keep in Mind?

The new Gruveo will be free and ultra-easy to use as before, just better and available on more platforms. However, due to switching to a new standard that’s still under active development, Gruveo 2.0 will currently not work in the following popular browsers:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari

If you use one of those, you will have to switch to Chrome, Firefox or Opera (desktop/Android) in order to use Gruveo 2.0. Most users won’t have to though: About 80% of Gruveo callers over the past month enjoyed the service in a Gruveo 2.0-compatible browser.

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