Google challenges Skype with new Chrome video tool

Google Chrome logoGoogle is giving Skype a run for its money with plans to integrate audio and video chat software directly into its flagship Chrome browser.

After acquiring a real-time chat software company called Global IP Solutions in 2010, Google is moving forward with a project called WebRTC to create its own Internet phone and videoconferencing tool.

Announced this week, the tool will be integrated directly into the Chrome browser.

Currently, Google’s voice and video conference platform is available via Gmail and requires an additional plug-in for use.

Interestingly enough, Google hopes to extend the new offering beyond Gmail by releasing it as an open-source, royalty-free software so other companies like Mozilla and Opera can build versions of audio and video chat for their perspective browsers.

According to Henrick Andreasson, a Google programmer from GPIS, "Our goal is to enable Chrome with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple Javascript APIs [application programming interfaces]. We are working hard to provide full RTC support in Chrome all the way from WebKit [the open-source browser engine on which Chrome is based] down to the native audio and video parts."

Using the open source software, pretty much anyone could build a video conferencing tool to rival Skype, at least, in theory.

Unsurprisingly, Google seems dedicated to creating web-based apps which work across multiple browsers and smartphones in the cloud, which fits in well with Mountain View's browser-centric approach to computing.

Source: TG Daily

Tags: browsers, Chrome, Google

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
 
You may still be able to download your content
 
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
 
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
 
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
 
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
 
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
 
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)