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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 […]

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Announcing webhooks early access

At Layer, we are on a mission to make communications better in all the products people love and use daily. The platform we offer enables developers to create compelling user-to-user and application-to-user rich messaging experiences. Our philosophy is to launch new products gradually, in tight collaboration with the active community of Layer developers. This lets […]

Introducing the Layer Platform API: build rich application-to-user messaging

Every app is a communications app. Whether it’s connecting two people in a marketplace, an on-demand service, a shared interest community, or a dating app, user-to-user communications is an integral layer of functionality. Layer already provides this with client-side SDKs for mobile and web. But sometimes as a developer, you need special control over the […]

What we learned building a Layer messaging app for Apple Watch

Push notifications are at the core of the Layer messaging service. Where some platforms provide push as a complementary offering, push is a fundamental pillar of our system. Every message that’s delivered to a device via Layer is optionally accompanied by a push notification, and this works across platforms and devices. Our fondness for the […]

Building blocks for logistics: maps and notifications

Editor’s note: This is a cross-post from Mapbox‘s Peter Liu. It’s a sneak peek of a larger collaboration between Mapbox, the building block for maps, and Layer, the building block for communications. More to come! Technology is reinventing on-demand services to include everything from shipping to laundry, and the central innovation is realtime logistics. Delivery-on-demand […]

The art of powering the Internet’s next messaging system

Last week hundreds of developers gathered in downtown San Francisco to attend Erlang Factory SF Bay, a two day tech conference focused on the Erlang programming language. The conference “brings together the rapidly growing community that uses Erlang in order to showcase the language and its various application to today’s distributed environments.” Joining them were […]