Launching or joining a video call is often laden with frustration. Which app can we both use? What’s the meeting ID? Why is this plug-in taking so long to download? WebRTC video conferencing aims to solve these problems.
Earlier this year, I got a text message from a close friend who lives several states away. It contained two words: “Skype date?”
Give me a minute, I responded, explaining I had recently gotten a new phone and hadn’t downloaded the Skype mobile app yet.
“Do you have FaceTime?” she wrote back as I searched the app store. No, I have an Android phone, but I could do a video chat via Google Hangouts, I replied. She didn’t have the Hangouts app on her iPhone but offered to try it through Gmail on her laptop.