Introduction to WebRTCAre you facing any trouble while communicating between peers and are you worried about your security? Are you willing to communicate bi-directionally for certain arbitrary data? Then WebRTC is the perfect platform for you. Here is to why?
WebRTC or Web Real-Time communication is free as well as an open-source platform that provides web browsers and mobile applications real-time communication through simple application programming interfaces. It also allows for audio and video communication. It came into action nearly 7-8 years ago when internet sensations Google, Mozilla, Opera, and Microsoft together gave birth to WebRTC.
WebRTC development allows its users to build powerful voice and video communication solutions. As HTML5 specifications, it allows peer to peer and direct communication between two individual browsers. A web developer can take advantage of the APIs and protocols provided by WebRTC to facilitate web browsers exchange data without using any additional plugins.
WebRTC Development ServicesWebRTC Application Development Service allows a business to communicate with peers using live streaming video, audio, text chat as well as screen sharing.
a. Video Conference Apps - It enables its users to engage effectively with their internal as well as external stakeholders. It ensures privacy through data encryption.
b. Webinar Apps – It enables its users to attend live webinars and get connected with other users through which they can raise questions, give suggestions, cast polls, etc.
c. Online Meeting Tools – It uses the latest RTC technologies to provide hassle-free audio calls, video collaborations, meeting recording, screen sharing, etc.
d. Virtual Classrooms – WebRTC facilitates effective virtual classrooms for students by enabling online classes with HTML 5 specifications. It provides high definition audiovisual conferencing that can run in PC, mobile phones, Tablets as well as smart TVs.
What are the browsers that support WebRTC?
a. Mozilla Firefox
b. Google Chrome
d. Microsoft Edge
a. Google Chrome
b. Opera Mobile
c. Mozilla Firefox
4. Chrome OS
5. Blackberry 10
Why WebRTC Is Useful For New Era Web Developers?
1. Reduce Bandwidth Consumption: It reduces bandwidth consumption as it facilitates peer to peer communication between two browsers by consuming no extra efforts or time. It reduces latency as well while sharing or exchanging files. Web developers can take advantage of WebRTC application development to ensure the direct transfer of files without using any server or infrastructures.
2. No Additional Plugins: Web Developer Often relies on additional plug-ins or third parties to facilitate real-time communications. Such third parties affect adversely the user experience. Here, WebRTC facilitates direct communications between two browsers without any additional plugins so it becomes easy for the users to access it.
3. Facilitate peer to peer communication: WebRTC provides hassle-free peer to peer communication between two browsers without putting any extra effort of time. It provides audio as well as a video chat option. Apart from this, the user can use the HTML5 specification to get the same perks.
4. Accelerate data and file Transfers: WebRTC helps the two browsers contact each other without any intermediary, so, the files or data that is shared by one browser can reach to other browsers fast without any interference. Hence the Web developers can take advantage of WebRTC for sharing larger files.
Important WebRTC Development Tools To Be Implemented On Mobile:
It’s not that easy as it seems to implement WebRTC on mobile as it is not dependant on any other platform as well as it is a browser-based API created to work in the browser for browser-based application. When implementing WebRTC development tool on mobile there are certain challenges which we have to face such as-
1. Audio Hardware: Devices having the same operating system family has a different implementation for the Bluetooth, speaker, and microphone. These things require special attention from a developer's point of view.
2. Battery Problems: We all know that iPhone is a CPU intensive application and drains a lot of battery. Due to the advancement of technology certain development can be done which will minimize these limitations and a lot of CPU processing that will save you battery.
3. Processor Limitations: WebRTC is a processor-intensive API. Most WebRTC platform’s internal APIs are supposed to be supported by at least ARMv7 CPU architecture with NEON extension. Audio can be processed in CPU via NEON, but not the video. Since most of the devices including the iPhone 3G do not have ARMv7 CPU architecture, WebRTC couldn't reach maximum users. But as most of the people are switching to the latest devices, this limitation may disappear soon.
Tools To Implement WebRTC On Mobile:
Out of all the challenges the biggest challenge is that Apple doesn't support WebRTC on its own. Either you have to create your custom SDK for iOS need to be created or you can use third-party SDKs which will significantly reduce the app development time.
1. Add live WebRTC Platform: It has been awarded as the best WebRTC tool in 2013 at the WebRTC Expo. It is being used by over 5000 businesses because of its powerful voice and video communication API. Although it provides native iOS WebRTC application development, still its API supports only Apple5 or above CPUs. In May 2014, it was acquired by Snapchat.
3. Telefonica Tokbox: The API platform of Tokbox i.e. OpenTok and Tokbox itself are currently among the most used WebRTC SDKs. OpenTok has been used by 80,000 users for communication whereas Tokbox is being used by top most multinational brands like the Universal Music Group. This platform is loaded with features with additional plug-ins which makes it compatible with internet explorer.
4. Twilo: Twilo’s main motto is to make every device a phone. The company provides WebRTC SDKs for both iOS as well as Android. Twilo also has some popular users named as eBay, Intuit, Hulu, and Democratic National Committee.
Advantages of WebRTC:
1. t doesn’t require separate software installation to run.
2. It is supported by popular desktop browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari, etc.
3. It is also supported by mobile browsers like Opera Mobile, Google Chrome, and Android as well as iOS devices.
4. As it is an open-source platform, it can be easily accessed by users for a business need.
5. No prior software knowledge is required to use this WebRTC.