Sunday 21 October 2012

New mobile browser allows audio, video communication

Ericsson has launched an experimental WebRTC browser for iOS and Android phone that allows real-time audio and video communication without any plugin.

Ericsson Research has announced the world's first WebRTC-enabled browser for mobile devices, called 'Bowser'. WebRTC is an effort to offer real-time communication (RTC) using audio and video in web browsers without the need for any plug-ins. It is an experimental browser and is aimed at developers only.

Currently World Wide Web Consortium and the Internet Engineering Task Force are trying to develop a standard, interoperable approach for this.

Kristofer Dovstam, master researcher at Ericsson Research, says: "We believe WebRTC is a very important part of future communication solutions in our industry, and are excited to provide developers with the first version of our experimental WebRTC-enabled browser."

Ericsson Research is heavily involved in the standardisation of WebRTC, and has been developing prototype implementations of the evolving standard for over two years. With Bowser, developers can finally start experimenting with real-time audio and video functionality in mobile web applications.

Ericsson also has solutions to let WebRTC enabled browsers easily connect to IMS based communication networks. The Bowser is available today as a free download on different mobile application stores.

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