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Chrome for Android updated, bringing WebRTC to everyone

August 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Nate Swanner / Android Authority

Chrome for Android was updated yesterday,�bringing one very important feature to the forefront. While the desktop version of Chrome received Omnibox improvements and a quick reset for the settings, Chrome for Android (stable, not beta) will now get WebRTC support.

If you're unfamiliar with WebRTC, it's an open source tool which was launched by Google in early 2011. The "RTC" stands for�Real Time Communication,�and can be tested here. In a nutshell, it brings video conferencing to the browser without the need for a plug-in.

The update also brings some scrolling and startup improvements, but WebRTC is the real star of the show. Once you allow a website to use the camera and microphone on your device, the fun can begin. While the immediate reaction is teleconferencing, this has a slew of possibilities once developers implement it.

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