Google Builds Open-Source Audio and Video Chat

By Larisa Redins
Updated: July 27, 2011

Google Builds Open-Source Audio and Video Chat

Google Builds Open-Source Audio and Video Chat

Without a doubt, it would be great for small businesses everywhere if a VoIP technology could be incorporated into a web browser.  As such, it comes as great news that Google is working towards integrating software—similar to Skype’s—within Google’s own Chrome browser.

More specifically, Google recently announced that the company is starting to integrate the company’s open-source video and audio chat service—called WebRTC—into the Google Chrome browser.  Google gained access to the WebRTC technology when it acquired an Internet videoconferencing and telephony company, Global IP Solutions, in 2010.

What are the Benefits of this Technology for Google?

According to experts, Gmail will directly benefit from the integration of the audio and video chat into the Google Chrome browser as right now, in order to use Gmail’s current audio and video offering, a proprietary plug-in must be downloaded.

According to reports, Google additionally hopes that the WebRTC service will be utilized for other services—and in fact become the new online standard for peer-to-peer communications and online videoconferencing.  Further, Google stated that the company wishes to work with other web browser makers such as Opera and Mozilla on this chat project.

"Our goal is to enable Chrome with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple Javascript APIs [application programming interfaces]," stated Henrik Andreasson, a Google programmer from GIPS in a Google mail list message. "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."


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