Before we delve into how WebRTC will take the world by storm, first you have to understand exactly what it is… WebRTC, or Web Real-Time Communications, is defined as a ‘free, open source project that provides web browsers and mobile applications with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple APIs’. In simpler terms, it will enable voice, video and text communications to work within web pages, without requiring any alternate plugins.
So what does WebRTC mean for the industry? Well anyone that has had a website with a voice or video calling function will tell you of the hassle involved… WebRTC removes the need for C/C++ programming, making it easier to develop and implement Real-Time Communications anywhere within your site. This means you can receive the benefits of Real-Time Communications without the pricey development costs or lengthy timescales usually involved.
But WebRTC is no new feature. It’s actually been in the market since 2011. Fast-forward to 2018 and today it is being supported by some of the biggest players in the industry, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Android and even Apple iOS. This technology has made quite an impact on online communications, and will continue doing so for a handful of reasons:
- The technology is completely free and open for both commercial and private use.
- It’s constantly evolving and improving, so it should remain relevant for some time.
- WebRTC has already been adopted by most modern browsers and is available for both desktop and mobile applications.
Impressive isn’t it? If you’re interested in finding out more about this latest tech, its real-world applications, or some WebRTC support, contact the team today.