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WebRTC invades video from messaging heartland

The WebRTC protocol has crept into video almost by stealth through its widespread adoption by major messaging platforms including Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger, as well as some aspects of WhatsApp. Its development was spearheaded by Google for release in 2013 to facilitate peer to peer communication between browsers and subsequently apps for messaging and other interactive applications requiring low latency communications, notably Voice over IP and video conferencing. Before that, browsers required dedicated plug-ins to participate in collaborative applications or universal messaging systems. Through WebRTC, browsers effectively have embedded real time communications and can participate in group communication via video, voice and chat with ability to share screens and files. As all the leading browsers have now incorporated it,…

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