Google has quietly started to roll out HD video for its Google+ Hangouts service.
Google Vice President Chee Chew confirmed the news to GigaOm in an interview published Wednesday, saying that the search company has begun the process of transitioning its Hangouts video-chatting feature from the H.264 video codec to an open, royalty-free alternative it announced in 2010, called VP8. According to GigaOm, VP8 is capable of pushing out 720p HD video on Hangouts.
But Google doesn't expect to stop there. The company told GigaOm that it plans to transition to the WebRTC standard eventually. WebRTC is believed … Read more