Twilio launches Sync, a state synchronization infrastructure for devs

The service functions as a cloud-based state synchronization infrastructure, where developers can build cross-platform apps equipped with real-time communications features.

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Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson.

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Communication-as-a-service provider Twilio is launching a new service aimed at helping developers build apps that sync across devices.

Called Twilio Sync, the service functions as a cloud-based state synchronization infrastructure, where developers can build cross-platform apps equipped with real-time communications features. It works as either a standalone state management system or in tandem with Twilio's API's for voice, video, and IP messaging, among others.

Twilio is pitching Sync as the better alternative to organizations having to build their own state synchronization infrastructure or customize basic backend systems.

"All modern applications are real-time applications," said Twilio's VP of Product Patrick Malatack in the announcement. "With Twilio Sync, Twilio takes care of the real time infrastructure so that developers can focus on building the cross-platform, interactive experiences their users now expect."

Twilio's cloud-based communications platform runs on top of Amazon Web Services and provides companies with voice, video, messaging, and other mobile services.

The company recently opened up its app ecosystem and integrated itself with the likes of T-Mobile and IBM. Twilio currently serves as the backend to Uber, Box, OpenTable, EMC, Coke, and a host of others.

Twilio went public a month ago in what is regarded as a fairly successful IPO.

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