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Advancements in WebRTC Create Opportunities for Expanded RTC

July 15, 2015

The demand for real-time communications is nothing new – we’ve long wanted to make the direct connection on the phone, talk to someone in person and receive instant responses. When it comes to video, however, we’ve had to be a little patient. There tends to be delays, we allow for frozen screens and we know that we sometimes need a plug-in.




But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The good news is that real-time communications took a special turn with the introduction of WebRTC, a technology protocol that eliminates the need for that plug-in or that added software that enables the direct video connection to support communications in real-time. Built on open-source technology, WebRTC allows developers to create applications that are not only low-latency in audio, but also in video.

What does this mean? WebRTC enables the easy creation of peer-to-peer apps that seamlessly interoperate across multiple platforms and devices. This allows users to share data across various devices, regardless of platform, app or operating system. This information is encrypted end-to-end and doesn’t require the involvement of third-party servers. In the past, the primary focus for WebRTC has been audio and video, yet the potential across other platforms and industries is extensive.

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For instance, applications have emerged in health services, gaming and low-latency file transfer, according to a blog by appear.in. And, tutorials are in the process of being developed that will open the door to opportunity for developers everywhere. In fact, appear.in was selected by Google for this very purpose. Given that WebRTC was originally developed at Google, it only makes sense the company would have a hand in its promotion.

Plans also include a video for developers that explains the basics of using WebRTC as a cross platform. Given that developer teams for the most part haven’t explored this option, there’s opportunity for expansion and setting a standard in this space. It can also help to drive the adoption of the technology into an expanding number of applications. 

The experience that both Google and appear.in bring to the app space within WebRTC perfectly positions both for sharing their insights with others. The challenges they have encountered along the way serve as the perfect demonstration of how to best avoid pitfalls and activities that can stall development and hurt the bottom line.

With the advancements that have already been made in this space, it stands to reason that we’ll see much more in terms of WebRTC. Chances are, however, that we’ll see it in terms of apps supporting real-time communications and we won’t even pay attention to the underlying technology.




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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