Facebook file-sharing app Pipe shifting from Flash to WebRTC
A tool for sharing files among Facebook contacts has launched a new version built on Web standards instead of Flash. That will let it reach mobile devices in coming weeks.
Pipe just launched a new version of its Facebook file-sharing app, illustrating that the shift away from Adobe Systems' Flash Player to Web standards is getting steadily easier.
Pipe lets people send files as large as 1GB to each other when sender and recipient are both online -- a peer-to-peer connection that Pipe merely facilitates. If the recipient is offline, Pipe has to store the file for a time, and the limit is 250MB. (Pipe will hold the file for three days before deleting it.) Previously, Pipe had a maximum size of 100MB.
The company plans a premium service later with larger files and longer-term storage, company co-founder Simon Hossell said.
Pipe only launched last June, but the Web's move away from Flash means the company's move to a different technology was only a matter of time.Flash doesn't work on mobile devices, and mobile computing is an ever more important part of people's computing lives. Pipe apps for iOS and Android are "a few weeks away," the company said.
At the same time, new Web standards can't always be relied upon. The new version of Pipe only works on Chrome and Firefox for now.