Twilio was founded four years ago with the goal of creating a scalable API that would provide developers with an easy way to add SMS and calling tools to their applications. The company has grown quickly over the last two years and is now servicing 40 countries and has signed on over 250K developers. Its international development took another step forward last month, when it broke into Japan with an exclusive deal with KDDI telecom, which is now selling Twilio’s cloud communications APIs to developers — which followed on the heels of a deal signed with AT&T in October.
Today, Twilio has struck yet another deal, this time with the mobile app platform, Parse, which has resulted in the launch of Twilio Cloud Module and will make Twilio’s voice and messaging APIs available to users of Parse’s Cloud Code.
Essentially, this partnership has one distinct purpose: To make it even easier for mobile developers to integrate Twilio’s cloud communication services into their apps — at scale. Of the partnership, Parse co-founder and CEO says, “Many mobile apps need telephony features, especially SMS. Our new Cloud Module makes it dead simple to hook up your mobile app to Twilio without having to maintain any intermediary servers at all. Sending an SMS is literally one line of code. Together, we want to revolutionize application development.”
Parse already powers these services on over 40K apps and, according to the co-founders, Twilio integration has been one of the most-requested features from their users. Naturally, developers don’t want to have to worry about building Twilio-like infrastructure themselves — or the same kind of functionality Parse offers — so the partnership allows them to easily take advantage of both without forcing engineering teams to sleep less than they already do.
And, hey, thanks to Twilio’s recent partnerships with AT&T and KDDI, Parse will now be able to offer its customers (and their apps) access to international (and Japanese) distribution.
For more, find the announcement here.