Cloud communications startup Twilio has partnered with Google to bring voice and messaging abilities to apps being developed with Google App Engine, the companies announced today.
Officially, today’s deal brings Twilio’s API and abilities over to the whole Google Cloud Platform, which encompasses several Google products like App Engine, Cloud Storage, and BigQuery. But testing has only been done to integrate Twilio and App Engine, so that’s the where the real heft of this announcement is.
The integration basically means that Google App Engine developers will be able to easily add in-app dialing, conference calling, group texting, mobile app distribution, two-factor authentication, and more to their apps via the Twilio API platform.
“By using Google Cloud Platform and Twilio, independent developers and enterprises alike can build and scale real world businesses faster than ever,” Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson said in a statement. “The real magic comes from connecting the Twilio API to the App Engine platform to make apps communicate, developers benefit from integrating these two incredibly scalable, robust, and reliable platforms — we can’t wait to see what Google App Engine developers build.”
Today’s deal has similarities to one made last year between Twilio and Microsoft to bring Twilio capabilities to the Azure platform, showing how vital Twilio is to developer communities across many high-profile companies.
San Francisco-based Twilio has raised about $33 million in funding to date from investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, 500 Startups, and SV Angel.
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