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Google Chrome getting native video chat

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Google has started to build its open-source WebRTC software into its Chrome web browser, according to reports.

WebRTC was introduced in May as a new open tech that allows developers to create quick HTML and Javascript APIs for building voice and video chat applications on the web. With WebRTC built into Chrome, users will be able to initiate video chats over Gmail’s Google Talk chat application without the need for installing Google’s plug-in first.

“Our goal is to enable Chrome with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple Javascript APIs,” Henrik Andreasson, a Google employee on the WebRTC project said. “We are working hard to provide full RTC support in Chrome all the way from WebKit down to the native audio and video parts.”