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WebRTC API Brings Real-time Communications in Chrome Dev Channel

WebRTC API Now in Chrome Dev ChannelThe Chromium team today announced that WebRTC is now integrated in the Chrome browser available on the dev Chromechannel. WebRTC was open sourced this past summer, and today the WebRTC API and its underlying components are now available on the Chrome dev channel.

WebRTC should be interesting to developers who want to add real time communication capabilities to their apps. “Building industry-leading voice and video capabilities into the browser makes it easier for web developers to incorporate real time communications in their apps. Instead of relying on custom, OS specific, proprietary plug-ins, they can now easily build and maintain their apps using a few simple JavaScript APIs and have the browser do the heavy lifting,” blogged Niklas Enbom, Software Engineer.

If you want to enable WebRTC — please switch to the Chrome Dev Channel by following the instructions. Then start Chrome with this switch: “–enable-media-stream”

Adding Enbom said “WebRTC is still evolving, and we’re receiving feedback from the standards process in W3C and IETF and there are already plenty of apps in development. For example, companies like Polycom, Vonage, Vehix.com, Firespotter, Siemens, Nimbuzz and PCCW are currently actively developing browser based solutions using WebRTC.”

If you are interested to learn more on how you can use WebRTC in your app, review this documentation. And, the source code at webrtc.org includes a sample application. Follow these instructions to download and run it.

Enbom said that they are also working on a AppEngine hosted demo that will be up shortly.

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