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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.
This story incorrectly stated which mobile browsers have fully implemented WebRTC. Firefox 24 for Android joins Chrome 29 for Android, which received full WebRTC support earlier this summer.
WebRTC may sound like yet another Internet acronym, but what it brings to browsers could be the death knell for plugins -- and it just landed in the latest version of Firefox.
Mozilla preps Firefox for plug-in free, real-time communications in the browser.
The developer version of Chrome now relies by default on Opus, a royalty-free audio compression technology designed for voice and music.
A demo at Mobile World Congress bridges browsers and phones for voice, video, and text-messaging communications.
Going against its initial hopes, Mozilla starts adding support for the patent-encumbered H.264 video compression standard. Perhaps it'll get revenge through WebRTC.
The technology for adding video and audio chat abilities to Web apps is now built into a customer-chat product from TokBox used by Doritos, Diet Coke, and more. Microsoft doesn't like WebRTC, though.
Moving toward Web standards reduces the inconvenience and security problems of browser plugins. But the new Hangouts software still uses Google's own Native Client plugin.
The proposed CU-RTC-Web standard was late to the game, but Microsoft thinks it'll be faster to adopt it than to fix the prevailing WebRTC that Mozilla and Google favor. Mozilla completely disagrees.