WebRTC-enabled Wire App Makes its Mobile Web Appearance
At the end of last year, and with quite a bit of fanfare at the time, Zug, Switzerland-based Wire, the communications app backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, was launched. Well the WebRTC-based desktop app has gone mobile with expansion of its service to the Web in the form of Wire for Web. It is worth the free download so you can kick the tires of this mobile app.
Because it is WebRTC-enabled, the app is designed to work with the browsers that fully support WebRTC which include Chrome, Firefox and Opera. And, while not perfect because Apple and Microsoft have not embraced WebRTC for their browsers, users who prefer those browsers will be able to use chat. In addition, Wire for Web will allow users with full WebRTC support to create and leave group conversations, block users and take full advantage of enhanced audio and video functionality including screen sharing.
While Wire is taking advantage of WebRTC, its ultimate success will be in the crowded unified communications (UC) and real-time collaboration space, which will be interesting to literally and figuratively watch. After all it is rubbing sharp elbows in general with Skype, Facebook (which now accounts for 10 percent of VoIP calls) and Google, and with already entrenched real-time mobile apps players like Viber, Tango and WhatsApp.
That said, as all of us are aware and were reminded of how fast things can change with the celebration on April 30 of the 20th anniversary of the commercialization of the Worldwide Web (WWW) here in the U.S., the landscape of who is hot and who is not has a habit of changing rapidly.
In the meantime by all means check out Wire for Web if for no other reason than to experience WebRTC in action and the simplicity of what is a rather interesting and minimalist approach to the user interface.
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino