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Comment from: Tsahi Levent-Levi [Visitor] Email
Ian,

The actual communication protocols of WebRTC are already set - they use the good-old RTP/RTCP communication with a bit of STUN/TURN/ICE and SDP (this is all simplification of course, but it is there).
The part that is being negotiated is the mandatory video codec as well as a few additional APIs. Other than that - it is all a matter of browser implementations now.

As for text messages between different mobile networks - this is the future of WebRTC: each website/service is going to build his own interaction island - a kind of a silo of you will.
But one we will be happy to live with.

Here is how I see this future: http://bloggeek.me/webrtc-islands/
10/12/12 @ 18:16
Comment from: Kavan Seggie [Visitor] Email
Hi Ian, another the advantage of WebRTC, is that it is frictionless. With the technology built into the browser there is no need for a plugin to install.

Although plugins are small in size and easy to install, and some are 'evergreen' so they don't require an update, they do require a persons trust. This is a hurdle even for big companies like Google (the Google Hangouts plugin), and Facebook/Skype.

Making this process entirely frictionless, you can literally click once to call someone. This opens up an entirely new world of use cases where the video or voice call becomes a feature rather than the main function. So for example I am shopping online for clothes and want to speak to an assistant face to face I can do this, or I am logged into my banking website and want some help, in the past the install would have been too big a hurdle for the end user.

It also democratises the technology that in the past has only been available to the large corporates simply because it has been so expensive to develop. Google open sources almost $200m worth of cool RTC tech that they got from their ON2 and GIPS acquisitions. This translates to having millions of developers that can now use live video and voice in their apps rather than thousands in the top tech companies.

There are features lacking from WebRTC too like support for IE10-, Safari6-, native mobile platforms, the ability to perform multiparty calls and a host of enterprise features like monitoring usage and quality, security, recording, screen sharing etc and this is where our company (www.addlive.com) helps the ecosystem. We are a live video and voice platform built on top of WebRTC, making it easier for people to deploy WebRTC.

Kavan
10/12/12 @ 20:47