Let’s have a closer look at WebRTC and how it can impact on implementation of real-time communication platform.
WebRTC is a free, open project that provides browsers and mobile applications with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple APIs.
WebRTC also represents the latest evolution in the world of real-time communication. WebRTC reuses many of the protocols and standards that we have analyzed in the previous articles (Media transfer in Unified Communications – SDP Protocol, RTP, RTCP and Jitter Buffer) to create real-time communications between different devices. Other standards, such as TURN / ICE / STUN, have been also used by WebRTC. We will discuss these standards later in this article.
WebRTC brings to life the best of standardized Real Time Communication Technologies, and, in most scenarios, allows real peer-to-peer communications between endpoints.
Web, Hybrid or Native Mobile apps – which one to choose? In the previous blog article we discussed web-based communication solutions and their advantages over native ones. This time we will discover why it is more preferable to use native or hybrid applications for mobile devices.
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have two important limitations:
- CPU and battery usage
- Technology limitations
Because these two factors must be taken into account, collaboration apps for mobile phones must still be native or hybrid apps. Native means using Objective-C and Swift (with iOS devices) and Java (with Android devices). Hybrid means that a mix of native code and Webviews are included in the app.
Web-based VS native administration is a long-standing dispute within this field. This topic is particularly important because it defines all of the user’s experience. Let’s examine, why web-based communication solutions are the best choice for delivering high service quality.
All new products now use web-based administration interfaces. Gone are the days of interfaces made with Java / QT. The advantages of this change include:
- No software to install, and the interface is immediately available everywhere
- Compatibility with all modern browsers
- Support for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones
- Security thanks to HTTPs
- Web API might help when automating tasks
If the communication system you are developing or deploying does not use a web-based interface, please reconsider your choice. Web-based is really the best option. Continue reading “Web-based vs Native apps: Which to Choose?”
What is WebRTC?
There has been much talk about it, but perhaps it is not all that clear, what is WebRTC and how does it work?
WebRTC means Real-Time Communication via the web, or rather the possibility of being able to chat, make calls and video calls through the internet.
Imagine clicking on a button and, immediately, starting a call, a chat or a video call with a user ready to answer.