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On Different Web Real-Time Communication Initiatives
As you may have noted, Ericsson Labs and Google have recently made announcements related to real-time audiovisual communication in web browsers. There has been some confusion regarding what the difference is and to what extent there is a cooperation between the two companies. This short post is an attempt to bring some clarity.
Both implementation targets the same specification but on different API levels. Using the WebKit library supplied by Ericsson Labs, web developers can build and test web applications supporting real-time audiovisual communication (and there is a test application available). Meanwhile the code released by Google has yet to be integrated into web browsers.
To summarize, Ericsson and Google are not carrying out any joint development related to web real-time communication, but both companies are active in, and contributing to IETF and W3C activities, together with contributions to WebKit, to bring real-time audiovisual communication capabilities to web browsers.
--Stefan Håkansson and Stefan Ålund