Ericsson Experiments With Calls From Mobile Browser With Bowser (Video)

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  • 22 Oct 2012
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  • Ericsson didn’t only launch an application awards contest for Android developers, but now they’re also launching an app/service that allows one to make calls from mobile browsers. The app is called Bowser and it’s in experimental phase, but it can be found in the Google Play Store right now.

    What Ericsson did here is create the world’s first WebRTC compatible browser for mobile devices, that will allow developers to integrate voice and video communications in their web-based apps. WebRTC and other technologies are being developed by the World Wide Web Consortium and the Internet Engineering Task Force, so the technology isn’t finalized. Meanwhile, you should know that Bowser is a free download on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Ericsson is waiting for feedback from developers, so they’ll know what needs to be changed or added.

    For those wondering what WebRTC is, this is one of the technologies included in HTML5. It’s basically a collection of APIs for audio and video communication, available from the browser and those can be used by devs when writing applications using Javascript. A web-based application can establish audio and video calls using the WebRTC APIs implemented by Bowser. The problems found so far are, for example the ways to change encryption keys and the choice of video codec.

    If you want to be a part of the testing of this nifty solution, there’s a Play Store link here and a demo video below:

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    SOURCE: Computerworld
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