Google Chrome 21 Beta Goes Plug-In Free For Video Chat - Goodbye Flash
The latest beta version of of Google Chrome has getUserMedia API being used, which means that users won't have to rely on Flash much anymore. It appears that Google is moving towards WebRTC, a new real-time communications standard that aims to allow high-quality video and audio communication on the web. This means that you will no longer need Flash for video chat in Google Talk or for YouTube. Google's move away from its dependence on Flash is in line with Adobe halting support for Flash in future versions of Android, starting with Android Jelly Bean. Having plug-in-less video is pretty nice!
In today’s Chrome Beta release, it’s now possible for you to grant web apps access to your camera and microphone right within the browser, without a plug-in. This is thanks to the getUserMedia API, which is the first big step for WebRTC, a new real-time communications standard that aims to allow high-quality video and audio communication on the web. The getUserMedia API also allows sites to create cool new experiences that weren’t previously possible in the browser. For example, Romuald Quantin and Magnus Dahlstrand at Stinkdigital have created a Magic Xylophone that you can play just by waving your hands in front of the camera.
Posted by | Tue, Jul 10, 2012 - 08:01 AM