Zoom has released a software development kit (SDK) that will allow businesses to build video-based applications and platforms with customisable, native user interfaces — the company aims to lure developers in with 10,000 free session minutes per month, with charges on a per-minute basis thereafter.
The SDK was released March 22 as part of a broader developer platform that includes APIs, Chatbots, distribution for applications & integrations, and webhooks. Those champing at the bit to get stuck in can start with an volume plan for $1,000 yearly that includes 30,000 session minutes per month, Zoom said today.
The Zoom SDK comes with support for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and web and will let customers bake customised versions of the Zoom Meetings Client into their apps or websites.
(“Organizations can leverage Zoom’s interactive features to create unique shopping experiences that are tailored to customers and drive revenue”, Zoom said by way of example. The Stack would love to hear quite how this might look in reality from any retailers toying with the idea: hit us with your wildest ideas…)
With remote work looking set to remain the norm, ecommerce unlikely to stop thriving any time soon, and gaming a booming industry, enterprises across multiple verticals may find themselves chewing over how they could deploy video-based functionalities. Zoom cited Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research in a release: “The next wave of video-based experiences will be driven by embedding video directly into business and consumer applications that seamlessly improve workflows and enhance social interaction.”
Zoom started promiting a beta of the video SDK back in October 2020. As blog at the time — promising developer access to raw HD video and audio used in their applications — noted, this would let users “enrich the experience with things like augmented reality, live multi-camera concert events, or individual media stream interpolation, creating even more immersive ways to engage users.”