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Significance of Chat API for Custom Messaging Apps

Developing an instant messaging application is simpler with PlugtoChat Chat APIs & SDKs for iOS and Android.

Today Messaging applications have certainly changed the way we communicate. In recent years, the popularity of these messaging apps has grabbed the interest of so many business people and enthusiastic developers to think about how to build a chat platform of their own.

Chat refers to instantaneous text communication between two or more end-users of an app. Direct Messages are the most common implementation of In-app Chat by a wide margin. It always keeps the users connected on any channel.


What platforms and Technologies do they support?

Whether you add communication features on websites, smartphones, or tablets will inform your choice of API vendor. Even if APIs tend to be web-based, the chat SDKs often used alongside the API are platform-specific (e.g., iOS, Android, web) so pick one platform compatible.

To ensure compatibility, you also need to consider your broader technology stack (e.g., HTTP, Push/Streaming, Ajax, WebSocket, REST, XMPP). For example, if you are hoping to add audio chat to your app and make the most of WebRTC technology, make sure you choose an API/SDK that works for this setup.

Real-Time Messaging API

A messaging API typically refers to any service that provides developers with the building blocks to program messaging capabilities in an application. Unlike chat APIs, messaging APIs often include MMS, SMS, and instant messaging. Messaging APIs are important because they allow you to quickly and securely send messages without focusing on backend systems since the infrastructure is ready to use.

What can you do with a Messaging API?

Reliable messaging APIs allow you to send and receive messages Globally, reaching users anywhere in the world. This is done by having data pushed to users or devices in real-time. For example, PubNub uses a Pub/Sub Messaging approach that gives you the ability to stream data as it occurs from any number of users or devices continuously.

With this approach, you have multiple options for how to send and receive data through your platform. You can trigger messages and user actions through JavaScript business logic, deliver low latency messaging, or implement custom functions with our serverless environment to provide a personalized experience for your users.

How Messaging APIs can add value to your use case

Messaging APIs can add value to your use case by giving you the ability to enhance the user experience. Whether it’s simply sending a bulk SMS message to an iOS phone number or sharing humorous GIFs among user communities, messaging APIs provide your users with interactive features and give you full control to customize your in-app experience the way you want.

From live concerts to dating apps, real-time messaging features can be implemented in a private or group chat to show user activity on your platform. For instance, you may have noticed on some messaging apps that it is displayed when a user is actively working on a message or that a read receipt appears in a chat when you message.

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