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!

Gruveo 2.0 Launch Date Announced

July 15With beta testing in its final stages, we are thrilled to announce that Gruveo 2.0 will go live on Tuesday, July 15. Just to recap, Gruveo 2.0 is a top-to-bottom rewrite that will allow you to make ultra-easy, secure and anonymous video calls on desktop and mobile. You can read more about Gruveo 2.0 here.

We’ve had tons of fun developing Gruveo 2.0 and we are super-excited to finally get it into your hands. Thankfully, the big date is just round the corner!

Feel free to leave a comment below or contact us directly via our contact form if you have any questions about the upcoming update.

First Screenshots

With Gruveo 2.0 just round the corner, we decided to post some screenshots showcasing the goodies of this major upgrade. Enjoy! 🙂

Make the world’s easiest video calls in style.

No plugins required in supported browsers – it just works.

Beautiful responsive design included.

Works in Chrome, Firefox and Opera on desktop and Android. iOS app to follow.

Like what you see? Leave a comment below!

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.

Don’t Miss the Big Day

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