Archived Blog Posts

See more recent posts in the Chromium Blog and on the WebRTC Google+ and Twitter pages.

  • A New Home for WebRTC News
    November 12, 2013 at 5:56 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Thanks for following along here over the past two years as we’ve shared news and updates related to WebRTC. Going forward, we’ll start to share this content on the more up-to-date Chromium Blog, so we thought it was time to officially say goodbye here.

  • New Intro to WebRTC Video
    May 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM by Justin Uberti

    Here’s the video from the WebRTC session at Google I/O 2013, which gives a good look at the current state of the WebRTC universe.

  • WebRTC Enabled By Default in Firefox Nightly
    February 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM by Maire Reavy

    All of the WebRTC code is now enabled by default in Firefox Nightly. Previously, you needed to go to about:config in Firefox and set the media.peerconnection.enabled option to true to use the feature, but now it’s enabled by default.

  • Firefox and Chrome interop achieved
    February 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Today, Chrome and Firefox jointly announced interoperability for WebRTC. This website has been updated with information for developers wanting to build interoperable web apps.

  • New Protothon Event
    November 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    In case you missed it, Google will be hosting a new protothon event at the end of the month. The last day to apply is this Friday (the 9th of November).

  • See You on the Web!
    November 7, 2012 at 4:14 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    WebRTC is now live in Chrome version 23, which is now rolling out to the public. No flag needed, no special Chrome build required.

  • PeerConnection00 Now Deprecated in Canary
    October 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    We are getting closer to having WebRTC reach stable. As I mentioned a while back, we are trying to make the last big changes before this happens.

  • PeerConnection in Chrome 23 Beta
    October 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Chrome M23 Beta now serves PeerConnection API without a Flag.

  • A WebRTC Primer from Cisco's Cullen Jennings
    September 19, 2012 at 5:36 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Cullen Jennings, co-chair of the IETF RTCWeb working group, posted this intro to WebRTC on [Vimeo]. It’s a good primer.

  • API Updated to Reflect Latest Editor's Draft
    September 19, 2012 at 3:00 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    If you have been following the W3C WebRTC spec and looking at the Chrome implementation, you will have noticed that our implementation was not spec compliant.

  • getUserMedia Now Available in Chrome!
    August 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    First big milestone. All stable Chrome users will autoupdate automatically to version 21 which contains getUserMedia. This means that great apps such as Paul Neave’s Webcam toy and the amazing xylophone now work for users all over the world without any flags or without requiring any special version of Chrome. It’s for real this time.

  • Chrome WebRTC Developer Hangout
    August 1, 2012 at 8:38 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Recorded stream:

  • A Great Introduction to WebRTC
    July 23, 2012 at 5:36 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Hi, Justin Uberti gave a great overview of WebRTC at Google I/O. Highly recommended viewing for anyone wanting an introduction.

  • Goodbye DeprecatedPeerConnection
    July 23, 2012 at 4:31 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Hello everyone,

  • Changes to Our WebRTC API Implementation
    May 2, 2012 at 6:19 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    The good: As we move closer to a stable release, we want to be comply with the proposed W3C API as much as possible. The less good: This means that several of your incredible demos will need a minor tiny update.

  • PeerConnection is now Deprecated
    March 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    (Cross-posted from the WebRTC Google+ page)

  • Source Code to Example App Available
    March 5, 2012 at 2:21 PM by Serge Lachapelle

    The source code to is now available at

  • InfoBar for Camera and Mic Access
    March 1, 2012 at 6:14 AM by Niklas Enbom

    From today’s canary (19.0.1057) we have added a user consent UI for a web page to access input devices such as camera and microphones. Currently this works on Windows only, Linux and Mac support is on its way. Privacy and security are very important topics for WebRTC, and exactly how this should be handled is discussed a lot in w3c and IETF, so expect changes going forward.

  • Protothon on March 24th, Stockholm, Sweden
    February 21, 2012 at 2:50 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    With the help of our friends Peter, Joe, Clara and Johan from, we are organizing a day long event on Saturday, March 24th 2012 in Stockholm Sweden. Prototype hacking with WebRTC.

  • WebRTC changes in Chrome Canary / Dev Channel
    February 9, 2012 at 6:06 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    The Chrome WebRTC package has changed this week for user of Chrome Canary and Dev channels. We thought it would be a good idea to drop a note on the blog as we have not yet caught up with updating our own documentation. The Chrome implementation of the WebRTC API is now a closer match to current W3C WebRTC API draft. It includes the ability for separate audio / video sessions. (ref: Stream API)

  • Chrome Canary Now Supports Audio-only and Video-only Calls
    February 2, 2012 at 6:23 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Quick note: Chrome Canary now support calling with only audio or only video.

  • WebRTC Can Now Be Enabled in chrome://flags
    January 25, 2012 at 5:28 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Today, we posted a page that includes instructions for enabling WebRTC in Chrome and testing it out on a few user submitted demoes. You can now enable WebRTC using chrome://flags

  • WebRTC Now Available in the Chrome Dev Channel
    January 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Today, we made available the WebRTC API and its underlying components on the Chrome dev channel. This release implements a slightly older version of the W3C spec. The spec is evolving rapidly, but now that we have WebRTC wired up in Chrome, we plan to catch up to it quickly.

  • Heads Down ...
    November 8, 2011 at 7:15 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    The blog and twitter have been fairly quiet. Team is heads down on several fronts:

  • Error Concealment in libvpx
    September 13, 2011 at 9:13 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    A while ago, I posted a little blurb about error concealment being available in VP8, the codec distributed with the WebRTC package. Here is a great demo of the improvements:

  • Contribute Bug Fixes to WebRTC
    September 12, 2011 at 3:00 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Our code base is now open to third party code contributions. Our first milestone is to welcome contributions in the form of bug fixes.

  • Conferences
    September 1, 2011 at 3:05 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    A quick note about upcoming events we will be participating at. My colleague Jan will be at OVC 2011 in NYC on Sept 10th to 12th. He will be presenting along with Tim from Mozilla.

  • Quick Note: WebRTC API Specification at W3C
    August 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM by Serge Lachapelle

    Just a quick note to say that we have updated the site to mention the W3C draft spec. The W3C workgroup has been working further on the WHATWG proposal we initially (almost) implemented. We are currently implementing the W3C spec, being well aware that it is highly volatile and subject to heavy change.

  • WebRTC Improvement: Better Realtime VP8 and New RTP Profile Adopted
    August 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    For a while now, we have been working with the WebM team to make VP8 even better for real time scenarios.

  • WebRTC Improvement: Optimized AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation)
    July 11, 2011 at 11:21 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Acoustic Echo is what happens when sound from your speakers enters your microphone. You may not hear it, but the people you are talking to will find it extremely irritating. Hearing your own voice as a delayed echo is rarely appreciated. In the past, the best way to avoid this was to force everyone to use a headsets.

  • WebRTC Improvement: Instant Noise Suppression
    July 6, 2011 at 6:27 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    While we are busy integrating the WebRTC platform in web browsers, we are also heads down in improving the platform and components. We’ll be sharing these improvements with you as they become available.

  • WebRTC Team @ IETF 81 Meeting in Québec, Canada
    July 6, 2011 at 4:55 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Members of the team (@juberti, @alvestrand, @jtlinden) will be attending IETF 81 in Québec, Canada, July 24th to July 30th. We will also be attending the W3C F2F on Saturday, July 23rd.

  • First Step Toward Chrome Integration
    June 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM by Jan Linden

    As a first significant step toward integrating the WebRTC project into Chrome the WebRTC code is now about to land in Chromium as third party software at src/third_party/webrtc. This means that the crucial media processing capabilities necessary to implement real-time communication are available as a part of Chromium.

  • Introducing WebRTC -- An Open Realtime Communications Project
    May 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM by Serge Lachapelle

    Today, we are making available WebRTC, an open technology for voice and video on the web. With WebRTC, we’d like to make the browser the home for innovation in real time communications.