Tomaz Stolfa

Messaging Design Kit for Sketch

A key part of building great products is the design process. We understand the value of the first wireframes to develop core product loops, and the importance of high fidelity designs for interactive prototypes that eventually turn into a fully functional in-app messaging experience. As messaging becomes part of every experience — commerce, communities, marketplaces, dating apps, on-demand services, games — we want to play our part, not only in powering rich messaging in mobile and web apps, but also in helping product designers craft better messaging experiences from the »

Michael Kantor

Web SDK ready for production apps

We're happy to announce that the Layer Web SDK is now officially out of beta and can be used in production applications. What can I use the Layer Web SDK for Added to Layer's support for Android and IOS Clients, the Web SDK enables a variety of cross-platform messaging use cases. During the beta period we've seen developers build anything from Web dashboards for experts advising clients Support tools for support agents helping customers Messaging for marketplaces Community group chat The Layer Web SDK enables the power of »

Michael Kantor

Web SDK Public Beta

In fall 2015 we introduced the Client API, enabling developers to build cross-platform Layer applications for mobile, web and desktop. In parallel we started a private beta for our Web SDK, which enables web developers to build great messaging experiences with greatly simplified APIs. Starting today, the Web SDK is available in public beta to the entire Layer developer community. What is the Layer Web SDK? In combination with Layer's iOS and Android SDKs and UI kits, the Web SDK enables a variety of cross-platform messaging use cases: »

Tomaz Stolfa

Webhooks for everyone

From the start we've architected Layer to not only be a world class messaging fabric, but also enable external services to interact with the platform and be notified of events on the platform as first class citizens. Last summer we've introduced the Platform API, that enables developers to manage conversations and messages in Layer. The second piece is our Webhooks API, a way for external services to receive real-time event notifications of events that happen in their Layer application. Webhooks have been available to a limited set of »

Dhruv Parthasarathy

Learning with teams

Editor's note: This is a cross-post from Udacity's Dhruv Parthasarathy. Dhruv shares how, with the collaboration with Layer, they were able to successfully implement their classroom chatroom feature, Teams. Despite all the advancements made to date, online education still has one glaring shortcoming — it is lonely. Learning online today is largely done on your own, at your computer, cut off from those around you. In essence, we’ve lost the human element of education that brings so much joy and richness to the experience. Here at Udacity, our »

Drew Moxon

Introducing the Layer Client API

Today we’re happy to announce the public availability of our new Client API—a REST and WebSocket API that lets anyone build browser-based messaging applications for web and desktop. Its release comes at the end of several months of beta testing. Three hundred developers took part in our early access program, and a number of companies have already released applications that use the new API, most notably Udacity, who saw a 25% boost in goal achievement when they added group chat to their mobile and web applications. »