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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.

WebRTC_Tsahi Levent-Levi

WebRTC, the new technology that enables plugin-free voice and video chat within the browser, should be available on more than one billion unique endpoints (think: desktop browsers and mobile devices) “within a week,” according to Google’s WebRTC engineering lead Justin Uberti, who gave an update on WebRTC’s progress at Google I/O Friday.

WebRTC is going to reach that milestone thanks in part to Firefox 22, which was just released this week. The new version of Firefox comes with WebRTC enabled in its beta version, which should add a large number of users to the addressable market for WebRTC developers.

Uberti also said that WebRTC is going to come to iOS devices soon: Apple hasn’t joined the efforts to implement and standardize WebRTC yet, but Google wants to nonetheless give developers a way to address users on iPads and iPhones through the release of a native toolkit.

Of course, there is another holdout: Microsoft has been pushing forward with its own version of WebRTC, which some have seen as an effort to torpedo the standard. Uberti had a much more optimistic take on the differences Friday, saying that Microsoft has been “a great participant in the standards.” He added: “I’m very optimistic that we are going to see a version of (Internet Explorer) that supports this technology in the not-too distant future.”

Image courtesy of Flickr user  Tsahi Levent-Levi.

  1. Chris Matthieu Friday, May 17, 2013

    There are already over 100 new startups such as http://twelephone.com disrupting communications companies by leveraging WebRTC!

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  2. Anyone still think iOS is going to lead Android in mobile advertising in a few more years? :) Not gonna happen, my friends! Talk to a developer that actually makes money on mobile ads today, and they are going to mention Android as an increasingly important contributor to their bottom line… from MM to Airpush, even the top ad networks are seeing more revenue because of expanded interest in Android. Times are changing, ladies and gents! http://www.examiner.com/article/steve-jobs-how-his-hopes-for-mobile-advertising-came-true-for-android

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