Items tagged with WebRTC

Google Hangouts is one of the choicest features of Google+, and now it’s getting even better with an upgrade to 720p HD. The update has started rolling out over the last few weeks, and everyone will have it by the end of next week. However, more notably, this development foreshadows a move to more open standards and a plugin-less world of video in web browsers. Google has been transitioning to the open VP8 video codec from H.264--a change invisible to end users other than the fact that the video might look a little cleaner--and VP8 will also enable the HD quality in Hangouts. (Credit: Gigaom) The next step is that Google will be using the WebRTC standard for Hangouts. WebRTC is a free and... Read more...
Fresh off of fixing a problem that caused MacBooks to crash, Google's Chrome team announced Chrome 21 beta. Chrome updates are pretty common and often receive little fanfare, but today's beta has a couple treats worth mentioning: Native support for video chatting in the browser and better Google Cloud Print integration. The video chatting support, which taps the WebRTC standard, lets Web apps use your camera and mic (with your permission) without requiring plug-ins. That's going to be handy when setting up a video chat with mom and pop and it can't hurt that the standard doesn't require Flash. In its blog post about the beta, Google also pointed out that the getUserMedia API lets developers do... Read more...