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The 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC) is in full swing, and it's not at all surprising to see new products and solutions on display. But one particularly important point from a coalition of developers -Mozilla, Ericsson and AT&T - brought out a powerful new Web-based real time communications (WebRTC) solution geared toward bringing together Web and mobile in one package.
The reality is that WebRTC has a big opportunity to explode the number of identities we share. It could very well be that every browser driver implementation has a strategy to connect via their own IDs. That can work in a closed environment, but makes the first discovery call harder, in my opinion.
Expect plenty of talk about Rich Communications Services (RCS) and WebRTC at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week. The two technologies pose different threats to the over-the-top (OTT) world of clients and services, but both together have the potential to take a good chunk out of the confusing, "Me Skype Too" world of players around the world.
A recent post on Mozilla's WebRTC blog highlights the virtues of Web real-time communications. Enabling video calls and file-sharing (currently a Firefox first) between browsers that can easily be integrated across every website, the blogger suggested that WebRTC standardization effort is in progress, driven by the W3C consortium, also known as the WebRTC working group.
Live video chat platform, TokBox, was among the first to support WebRTC, launching integration with Google's Chrome, one of the first Web browsers to support the communications standard, earlier in the year.
As such, it should come as no surprise that TokBox today introduced support for Mozilla's Firefox, as the browser recently picked up WebRTC support in its Nightly and Aurora releases.
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