On Monday, One Horizon Group (OHG) announced the release of a software library that lets developers build OHG's VoIP technology into smartphone apps. It is flexible enough in its design that developers of any skill level can incorporate its features in their mobile solutions.
OHG's library helps improve voice communication for online gamers. It supports 2G, 3G, 4G and EDGE networks, allowing gamers to enjoy quality voice experience in environments other than WiFi.
It would seem at first glance that technology that facilitates trash talk between online gamers would have no business value, but OHG’s library is not limited to online games. Any VoIP solution on a smartphone can leverage the technology, such as call center and VoIP service solutions. The library is available as part of the Horizon Global Exchange suite and requires the purchase of a software license.
Singapore-based One Horizon Group has several offices in Europe and Asia. The company develops mobile VoIP apps for smartphones and solutions using mobile satellite and VSAT technology. Many of their products apply the same multi-network support concept that the software library offers, making the technology available to a larger market. One of their apps, the Horizon Call app, allows users to choose between three levels of service allowing for greater control over cost vs. quality. OHG also offers a VoIP PBX solution that connects up to eight analog phones to make simultaneous calls over an Internet connection.
OHG’s software library is another example of how the gaming world often drives technology for non-gaming users. In the heyday of the PC, gamers demanded more from sound cards and video displays and the market responded with better quality sound and higher resolution video. It would be a big reach to say that if it weren’t for computer games, the average computer would still be a 386 with a VGA monitor, but technology certainly would not have advanced as quickly as it has without them.