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Firefox Urges Fans to Test Firefox Hello

March 04, 2015

Firefox wants you to try out its new WebRTC-powered chat service, Firefox Hello. It is calling upon all users of the well-known browser to give it a spin.

According to analysis from, the service, which Firefox developed in tandem with Telefónica and which uses Telefónica's TokBox technology, allows anyone with a WebRTC-enabled browser to complete voice and video calls to any other person without the need to sign up. Users simply click the Firefox Hello icon to request a chat room. It provides them with a link they can share with friends, and then anyone who visits that link can speak with the other people already present.

It is Ian Small, Telefónica's CEO of communications services and chairman of TokBox, who commented on the release of the product and expressed excitement about the technology, which allows users to directly link to one another.

“Today, I’m incredibly pleased to announce a partnership between Telefónica and Mozilla which introduces 'Firefox Hello' – a seamless real-time video communication feature – directly into the Firefox Beta browser,” Small said.

That statement came around the same time that Firefox urged its Twitter followers on March 01 to try out Hello on March 03. “Say Hello to a friend on March 3,” the Firefox Twitter channel exclaimed.

Of course, this announcement comes with the reservation that the service is still only in beta stage. As TMC reported in late February, the switch from Firefox version 35 to 36 marked the inclusion of Hello alongside a few other major updates that included full support for HTTP/2 and better support for HTML5 media playback.

With beta should come advancement, however, and that means better support for users as time goes on. The Firefox website contains a statement which verified its intention to complete improvements as swiftly as in the coming weeks, so it appears that beta testers who find some faults in the service may not have to wait long until there are remedies to their issues.

Anyone who wants to get into the nitty gritty with Firefox Hello functionality can reach out to Mozilla through its Bugzilla service. For all others, it could be helpful to just spread news of the service by word of mouth. Although Hello has existed in some states in beta versions of Firefox itself for several months, this public release with Firefox 36 is perhaps the beginning of its official journey, and there's no better way to give it momentum without a few tests with friends.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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