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Google Chrome M45 WebRTC Release Highlights Update

September 02, 2015

Google’s Chrome browser supports WebRTC, and hence is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to accelerating capabilities and fixing problems as WebRTC matures. So it is never a bad idea to check in and see what the good folks at Google are doing. In fact, in recognition that it is the end of the summer vacation for those of us in the northern climes, as a bit of a WebRTC Solutions Community public service announcement, below is a summary of Google’s latest WebRTC PSA as related by Google’s Christoffer Jansson.

As Jansson explains, Google is announcing that the audio output device selection JavaScript API has been implemented behind a flag.  And, as part of a “try it you will like” the following demo pages will let you ensure you can enable it:

The new delay-agnostic echo canceller (AEC) is aimed at an important user experience issue which is eliminating users hearing echo from the remote side of a session.

Attending to a problem that was first revealed as a result of a story about how the New York Times could leverage WebRTC to track the private IP address of visitors without their permission, as part of this PSA there are also links to the initial steps. Google has been taking in assisting users that want to limit the IP addresses used by WebRTC, through the release of an official Chrome extension.

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Features highlighted in the PSA that should grab developer attention include:

As always Google is asking for developer help to test all of the new features and for that matter make sure the bugs are really fixed. 

As we all know in following the rollout and maturation of any new technology there will be speed bumps along the way. What has been nice about WebRTC is that the wisdom of the community really has been invaluable on several fronts.  Not the least of these is helping build confidence in WebRTC-enabled capabilities as enterprise-grade for all session participants. In a world where you don’t normally get a second chance to make a first impression, the visibility of efforts to make the developer and user experience compelling is one of the reasons WebRTC is continuing to build momentum. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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