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[14]: Comment by shmerl
by henderson101 on Fri 30th Aug 2013 08:12 UTC in reply to "RE[13]: Comment by shmerl"
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He is missing the bigger picture.

But you are missing the point. All that is wonderful, but you will *still* need an underlying protocol to make it work, which leads you exactly back to square one. Without an implementation of a common protocol, the tech is about as useful as implementing the same functionality the old school way. You still need to do a butt load of development to implement a protocol to carry your chat messaging in such a way that the other users on the system can actually do something useful with it. The handshake and transport are fairly trivial in comparison to creating a robust and reliable chat/video protocol....

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RE[15]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Fri 30th Aug 2013 09:49 in reply to "RE[14]: Comment by shmerl"
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No I am not. I actually built something that is like skype.

Try it, it is just literally just setting the src of the video/audio tag, a bit of session management and that is about it.

All the hard work has been done by other people you are literally just passing JSON to the server and client and back, and you have code that responds to those events.

It is soooo simple ...

Edited 2013-08-30 09:55 UTC

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