WebRTC Expert Feature

March 13, 2013

Google's WebRTC: Which is the Greater; Seeing or Believing?

Tsahi Levent-Levi pointed out in his blog post this week the impressive implementations by Google in ending the battle between their codec and mobile video code. 

He also pointed out that Google Chrome, which supports WebRTC ,is now available for Android.

On the seeing side, the video codec battle between H.264 and VP8 was going to be a real battle at the IETF meetings. Now, it’s not only an issue - but it makes the implementation problems less problematic in general. We should be seeing implementations declare themselves already compliant particularly those with H.264 since VP8 is open source.

As stated in earlier view points, the fear of VP8 on the phone is that as software, the processing will drain battery and generate heat.

Which is a great segue to the believing part. Chrome with WebRTC for Android. 

Given the history of Android implementations being stuck in whatever release they were initially sold as, it’s unclear if the Chrome implementation is going to get wide scale deployment   In fact, we can make the case that Firefox for mobile is just as relevant.

However, the new releases from Motorola will definitely have Google inside and it may be that the close connect results in pressure for better upgrade support in the future.

So while Tsahi is right about the milestones; the seeing is going to be greater than the believing.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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