Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Aug 2013 15:43 UTC

Noticed any differences when using Google's Hangouts video chat lately? If you did, then you may be one of the lucky users who has already received an upgrade to 720p HD video. The company quietly started to roll out HD for Hangouts to a subset of its users in the last few weeks and hopes to complete the rollout soon. But the change isn't just a quality upgrade - it's part of a bigger move towards open standards that will eventually bring us video chat in the browser without the need for any plugins.

To enable HD, and prepare for this plugin-free future, Google quietly started to transition Hangouts from the H.264 video codec to VP8, an open and royalty-free video codec the company released back in 2010. Google's Vice President of Engineering Chee Chew told me during a recent interview that the switchover from H.264 to VP8 should be more or less invisible to consumers, with some possibly noticing a little less choppiness. "It will be cleaner, better video," Chew said.

Good move.

On a related note, whatever happened to Apple's promise to make FaceTime an open standard?

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RE[11]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Wed 28th Aug 2013 18:59 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by shmerl"
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Here you have it. If developers implement different signalling, who cares if they use WebRTC, their solutions would be incompatible.

Which means you completely miss the point of what I was trying to say in the first place.

Anyone that is signed up with a service that uses 2 factor authentication, will be able to sign into any 3rd party service that anyone can build.

So it doesn't matter if Google never support XMPP again (XML is overkill most of the time anyway), if you want to talk to someone on another service, you just use a service that supports sign-in with that service and google.

Or if you don't want to use that, you can just put you name in and mail them the URL to your chat instance. With video and audio once the link is established the browser does the rest.

Edited 2013-08-28 19:06 UTC

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