Cisco may have landed a surprise coup to push for H.264, but Google still thinks that VP8 is the best codec for real-time communication on the web.
After long resisting proprietary media formats, Mozilla has agreed to add H.264 to its browser. The move is made possible through a partnership with Cisco, which wants to press the industry to agree on the format for real-time communication.
Blippex has always maintained that its browser plugin, which monitors surfing to establish search ranking, doesn’t record IP addresses. But to set skeptical users’ minds at rest, it harnessed WebRTC technology as a way of setting up a P2P anonymization chain.
More Chrome services are unifying the web on desktop and Android phones: The lastest being WebRTC and Web Audio support in the Chrome for Android beta.
Plugin-free video chat in the browser is becoming a reality quickly: Developers can soon reach more than one billion browsers and devices with the protocol, according to Google’s Justin Uberti.
The web is getting more visual and our communication options now span video, voice and the written word. Technology and the web are breaking down the barriers of distance. Can bandwidth and devices keep up?
Microsoft published a first prototype for plugin-free video chat in the browser Thursday. However, it’s a bit different from what Google and others have in mind.
Millions of consumers will soon have access to the open real-time communications framework WebRTC, enabling them to do video calls in their browsers without the need for any additional plugin. Google added WebRTC to Chrome this week, and Mozilla included it in Firefox pre-beta builds.
The popular media player application VLC just added support for Opus, the new open audio codec co-developed by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft and others. Meanwhile, there has been more speculation on how music platforms like Spotify could benefit from switching to Opus.
Google just inched closer to plugin-free video chat in your browser by adding a key component of the new real-time messaging framework WebRTC to the beta version of Chrome. However, there are still some roadblocks ahead before WebRTC becomes a widely adopted standard.