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January 19, 2013

WebRTC World Week in Review


Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) is a rapidly-growing part of the online world as we know it. With new applications and new uses coming out most every day for this new technology, it's generating plenty of news, and with the coming of the weekend, it's time to take a look back on the week in this big new technology field and find out just what the biggest stories of the week in WebRTC were with our week in review coverage!

First, RCR Wireless brought out a list of the top seven mobile trends to watch in 2013. While WebRTC didn't make the top of the list, it was definitely in play. RCR Wireless expects that WebRTC, as well as similar types of browser-based communication technology, will be brought out in a major way toward the end of 2013. There's still some room for development, as WebRTC is going to need to work with SIP clouds, PSTN systems and the like, but having WebRTC in place is going to be top priority for many developers.

ZTE brought in our next report, with plans to release a line of phones running the Firefox operating system, though on a staggered schedule. First to get the new devices will be European markets, followed by a possible release in the United States later in 2013. As for the devices themselves, details are still thin on the ground but reports suggest a variant of the ZTE V788d will be used, an entry-level device packing a single-core processor running at 1.5 GHz, 512 megabytes of RAM, and a 3.5-inch display showing at 800 x 480 resolution.

Then we took a closer look at Plivo's launch of its WebRTC software developer kit (SDK) that will bring WebRTC to different Web browsers. This gives rise to the possibility that WebRTC can be more readily integrated into current communications systems and improve the time-to-adoption for WebRTC methods and programs. Given that many businesses are still using landline phone systems as opposed to, say, VoIP, getting WebRTC integrated into current systems would be a big help in getting it off the ground.

Next came a major announcement, as TMC, Systemwide Media and PKE Consulting announced the WebRTC Conference and Expo to take place in Atlanta, Georgia's Cobb Galleria. The show, set to run June 25 - 27, will not only allow for exhibitions of current WebRTC-related products, but also allow those involved in their creation and distribution to network about the future of WebRTC, and how their products can fit into that future.

Finally, we examined the immediate future of joyn, and whether or not this new hopeful in global standards for network communications would survive. There's already been a note of dissension as to joyn's long-term prospects for survivability, as some believe this new communications system could be a handy competitor for Skype, while others believe that Skype and the rest are already doing the job. Increasing support for joyn on the mobile network provider level gives a note of encouragement, but support is slow in coming overall though it's on the rise.

That was the week in WebRTC; new phones, new standards and the shaky future of some of these standards all combined to make a week that was loaded with news. Our global online community is constantly on the lookout for more to bring back, so be sure to join us back here next week for more news, and every weekend for our week in review coverage!







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