WebRTC Make Video Calls Between Chrome and Firefox Without Using Plugins

Since May 2011, the W3C works in API called WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), which allows file sharing and voice and video calls directly from the browser, without the need to install plugins. Months passed and the project evolved: today, Google and Mozilla showed the WebRTC working perfectly between the two browsers.

 

With Peer Connection of WebRTC, Chrome and Firefox can now communicate with each other without the use of plugins, thanks to engineers from Google and Mozilla, which have worked together to ensure compatibility of technology between the two browsers. According to Google, the news brings “crisp and clear voice, high-definition video (HD), low – latency communication to the browser.”

The video below shows the head of innovation Mozilla, Todd Simpson, chatting on video with Google Chrome product manager, Hugh Finnan:

Communication is done with the use of various technologies, such as Opus and VP8 codecs for audio and video, and DTLS-SRTP protocol for data encryption.

As the WebRTC is integrated into the browser, the user will have no problems with unstable plugins (hi, Flash!) Or security holes (hi, Java!) – Everything can be done with JavaScript and HTML5. Depending on the creativity of the developers also need not install VoIP applications to make calls between two PCs in the future. And WebRTC not just for audio and video; you can also share files without relying on a server.

The WebRTC is already enabled by default in Chrome beta 25 in. Firefox Nightly, you must enter about: config and change the media. Peer connection. enabled value to “true”. If you are a developer and are interested in learning more about WebRTC, Mozilla published a sample application on the Mozilla Hacks.

Opera Software is also working on technology and included the WebRTC in your browser last year. The Safari does not support the feature. Microsoft introduced in January own a standard for Internet Explorer, the CU-RTC-Web, and said the WebRTC would be “far from complete and stable.”

 

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