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May 16, 2013

Hookflash Ports WebRTC Libraries to BlackBerry 10

Hookflash – which develops products for real-time communication – has made available the Open Peer Software Development Kit (SDK) for BlackBerry 10 in beta version.

This will let developers integrate messaging, video and voice into BlackBerry 10 applications.

“The Open Peer SDK for BlackBerry 10 enables a completely new generation of communications integration on the BlackBerry 10 platform,” Hookflash co-founder Erik Lagerway said in a recent blog post. “The Hookflash team has worked tirelessly to build this toolkit and port the WebRTC libraries to BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry developers and enterprise customers can now integrate high-quality, real-time, peer-to-peer (P2P), voice, video and messaging into their own BlackBerry 10 applications. People just want good quality voice, video and text communications embedded in whatever they’re doing. Open Peer enables progressive developers in medical, finance, gaming, travel and many other verticals with this next evolution of integrated P2P communications on BlackBerry 10 smartphones.”

Overall, communications could see a major change thanks to WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication.) It’s an API that provides Web browsers with real-time communications capabilities via Javascript APIs.

Also, Hookflash’s development team is coming up with “Open Peer,” and “open” video, voice and messaging specifications and software for mobile platforms and Web browsers.

In addition, Hookflash’s founders, developers and advisors have created  popular softphones, built audio technology used in Skype, created technology open sourced by Google for WebRTC, and worked on WebRTC standards development in the IETF and W3C, the  company said.

Martyn Mallick, vice president of Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry, said that his company is “pleased to have Hookflash bring Open Peer to BlackBerry 10, enabling developers to add rich peer-to-peer communications in their apps, and enhance the customer experience.”

Open Peer SDKs are available in open source and can be found on Github. Developers can register at http://hookflash.com/signup.

Edited by Alisen Downey
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