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So long plug-ins, Google Hangouts works with WebRTC

Chrome(s goog) users running the Canary or Dev channel versions of the browser don’t need a plug-in installed for video calls in Hangouts. The previously announced change of ridding Chrome’s plug-ins is live for those channels with both the Beta and Stable channels likely to follow soon. Google’s Chrome Stable version typically gets updated on a six-weeks cycle so it shouldn’t be long before all Chrome and Chrome OS users are rid of the old, downloadable plug-in needed for Hangouts.

The new Hangouts works with “WebRTC and some NaCl technologies”, noted Google’s Victoria Kurst in a Google+ post announcing the change. WebRTC stands for Web Real-Time Communications while NaCl means Native Client, a way for complied applications to run within a browser. We discussed this development, as well as other topics such as using a Raspberry Pi as a Google Cloud Print Server, on this week’s Chrome Show podcast. Tune in below or download the show here.

11 Responses to “So long plug-ins, Google Hangouts works with WebRTC”

  1. Dan Villiom Podlaski Christiansen

    Native Client may not be a plugin, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. For starters, it’s non-standard and doesn’t work in other browsers. Like Dart, it’s a good example of Google “fixing” the web with little or no consideration for other browsers.

    • The good news is that the browser works on all main OS’s. IE doesn’t.

      Dart … actually will run in IE and etc. You just need to convert to JS. That is not abnormal in today’s Web world (or native mobile world for that matter). The advantage of Dart is that you don’t write JS (or debug JS or cuss JS or …).

      So, Google, with Dart DID consider the poor people stuck on IE. ;)

  2. James

    Well, Native Client are still plugins just available on Chrome.
    – IE has ActiveX
    – Firefox has NPAPI
    – Chrome has Native Client

    So yea, it is still a plugin.