Google takes on Skype with Chrome video chat

Google has built its open source technology project, WebRTC, into its Chrome web browser to support Skype-like video chat.

Google has built its open source technology project, Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC), into its Chrome web browser to support Skype-like video chat.

Google hopes developers will create voice and chat applications using HTML and Javascript APIs using its WebRTC open source technology.

In a blog post, Rian Liebenberg, engineering director, and Jan Linden, product manager at Google, wrote: "Until now, real-time communications required the use of proprietary signal processing technology, which was mostly delivered through plug-ins and client downloads."

"With WebRTC, we are open sourcing the voice and video engine technologies from our acquisition of GIPS, giving developers access to state-of-the-art signal processing technology," the blog said.



  • A developer preview of the WebRTC source code, specs and tools is available here


    Google hopes to provide full RTC support for its WebKit, as well as native audio and video in Chrome.

    Henrik Andreasson, a Google programmer, said in a blog post: "When we are done, any web developer shall be able to create RTC applications, like the Google Talk client in Gmail, without using any plug-ins but only WebRTC components that run in the sandbox."

    Google also plans to make the technology available to use in other web browsers.

    "We'll be working closely with other browser developers, such as Mozilla and Opera, to implement this technology for use by the broader web community," added Andreasson.



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