WebRTC : Chrome and Firefox can now “talk” on Bistri
Firefox is the second browser after Chrome that has implemented the new W3C P2P communication standard, from the network protocol to the audio and video codecs. But the most important thing : the implementations are working together !
Any advanced user can enjoy this new experience on Bistri.
This is how to make it work.
1 - Google Chrome > 26
If you have Chrome, check your version by typing “chrome://chrome/” in the address bar, it must be > 26
2 - If you dont have it yet, download Firefox
If you have Firefox, check your version by typing “about:” in the address bar, it must be > 21
If you have Firefox Beta, check your version by typing “about:” in the address bar, it must be > 22
3 - If you have Firefox Beta > 22, you are ready to go, but if you have Firefox 21, you will need to activate a flag. Just type in the address bar : “about:config”, the flag is : “media.peerconnection.enabled”
Now you are ready to test WebRTC from Firefox to Chrome !
4 - If you want to try the interoperability on your own, just open and sign in on Bistri.com
Then copy/paste your Bistri Link to be reached in the Firefox window. Your Bistri Link is displayed when your click on “Invite” on the right side of the header on Bistri :
5 - On Firefox, you are prompted with a question from the browser asking you if you let Bistri have access to your camera and mic.
Once you checked if the right inputs are selected, click on “Share selected devices”.
6 - When you receive an incoming call, Chrome let you choose the Webcam and the micro you like to use on the top-right of the screen.
As the video call starts, don’t forget to click on “Allow” on the top bar.
If you have more than one audio audio input or camera, click on the camera icon on the right side of the url bar. More information here :
If everything is fine on your computer, you will see this desktop notification :
After a few seconds, tada !
You will see the WebRTC logo on the right.
Try the Fullscreen mode on Firefox by clicking on
First WebRTC statistics in the World!
A few days ago, has been launched WebRTCStats with AddLive, UberConference, Drum, Symonics, Twelephone, Apidaze and Zingaya as a start. The purpose of this web site is to provide a clear vision of the usage of WebRTC by the end-users. So if you are a vendor of a WebRTC solution feel free to contact us and join the movement by sharing your statistics.
For this first edition of WebRTC Stats, the data comes from Bistri and are based on 1,500,000 minutes of video calls.
First WebRTC Video Calls on a Mobile Web Browser, over 3G/4G
What an exciting moment to make a video call with a friend, outdoor, but what makes it unforgettable is to make it on a mobile web browser, without additional application.
On this picture, on the left side, Jerome is running Google Chrome on a PC. On the right, Arnaud is using Google Chrome Beta for Android on a Samsung Galaxy Note II 4G.
To save this moment, I made a screenshot with just one single touch on the screen of my smartphone. This is not a new “Smurfs” video effect as the WebGL library we are using to implement video effects is not working yet on this version of Chrome. It’s just a bug, but what a sexy bug !!!
Some additional technical details? Most operators block peer-to-peer traffic over 3G/4G and in that particular case video calls need to be streamed using a TURN server. If you are using Bistri behind a firewall, on a secured network or an enterprise network, the flow will probably go through our TURN infrastructure.
In few weeks the Bistri APIs will let developers use the Bistri Infrastructure to build their own applications. Their imagination will be the limit.
Bistri become Gold Sponsor of WebRTC Conference and Expo 2013 in Atlanta
The second edition of the WebRTC Conference and Expo will take place at the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA, USA, from the 25th to the 27 of June, 2013.
This event, sponsored in part by Bistri, will focus on how WebRTC will transform today’s communications landscape by offering a broad new range of capabilities and business models based off of the WebRTC standard media engine.
Don’t miss the Google WebRTC Workshop
[RSVP Required] :
This code, WRTCAB4 will offer a 20% discount for all online registrations:
Google experts and engineers will overview the Google WebRTC implementation and how to write applications to run with the Chrome browser that is in the market today. These experts, many who created the WebRTC concept and the open source WebRTC code base that Google has released will discuss the ins and outs of their WebRTC implementations and answer your questions. A must attend for anyone looking at how to deploy WebRTC services in 2013.
Come and visit us on the Bistri exhibition booth, 47.
Bistri will participate to this Pannel session :
New Solutions for Enterprise - Thursday, 9:50-10:30am
and is planning to make an amazing demo!
Getting Real - 16 WebRTC Demos - Wednesday, 4:30-5:45pm
This popular session promises to be exciting in 2013 as it was in 2012. In 2012 the winners were exciting displays of how WebRTC could be used and led to many new opportunities. With an open invitation to the WebRTC community to show off their products and developments, this will be an opportunity to ￼have your WebRTC application seen and evaluated. A panel of judges will evaluate the 16 participants with awards for best in classes based on rapid fire 10 minute demos. The judges will include entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists.
Last year at the WebRTC Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Bistri won the “Beyond the call” award :
View the complete WebRTC Conference and Expo agenda :
Bistri Button : One-Click WebRTC Video Calling
Create and customize your own Bistri “click-to-call” button then add it to any web site in few easy steps!
From now on and if you decide so, anybody can know your presence even before clicking on your Bistri button and then make a video call, start a chat conversation, or send files up to 100Mb each. And all that can happen in one click without the need to register or create and account.
You can customize the size of the button, choose to display or not your online presence on Bistri, and modify the label of the button. This is what it looks like:
and then… wait for the calls :)
It’s that easy!
Sign-In with Google+ on Bistri
From now on you can create your Bistri account in one click with your Google credentials, right from the Bistri home page:
Google is showing the following pop-up window requesting your approval to let Bistri access your basic information and also “View and send chat messages”. This permission will let you see your Google contacts and their presence immediately in Bistri without having to invite them. Totally seamless.
Your Google contacts will show up like this:
A new Google+ icon is located at the botton of the left panel:
One click and you can customize your connections with your external accounts :
If you already have a Bistri account you can also enjoy this new feature by activating the Google+ gateway without providing your password. Then you can sign in to Bistri with one click.
Bistri at the pre-conference WebRTC Workshop on the 22nd April 2013 - IMS World Forum, Barcelona
This year’s IMS World Forum is shaping up to be an excellent event, with a solid focus on WebRTC (Web Real Time Communications) :
- a pre-conference WebRTC Workshop on the 22nd April, supported by Bistri
- a half a day of the main conference dedicated to WebRTC
Read all the details about this workshop on the Alan Quayle Blog :
WebRTC at the IMS World Forum, Barcelona, 23-25 April 2013
This highly focused workshop will bring together deep technical and deep business thought leadership on WebRTC with Jose de Castro and Alan Quayle, providing attendees with a unique independent workshop.
Providing a deep-dive quantified analysis of the WebRTC status, enabling attendees to understand what is likely to emerge over the next 18 months to 2 years, in this complex rapidly emerging ecosystem and what it will mean to their business.
Providing attendees with a series of WebRTC demonstrations, to share their experiences on implementing WebRTC, and provide ample networking opportunities at the end of the workshop to discuss and consolidate what has been learned through the day.
High Speed Internet Orange Contest : the Bistri project, based on WebRTC
Always excited in facing new challenges, the Bistri team rearrange the product roadmap in order to run the Orange F4ST contest with something big :
A multi-user HD video conference, between 4 different devices : a smartphone, a tablet, a computer, and a connected TV. The mobile devices use an Orange 4G LTE connection, the computer will be used in an enterprise environnement, and the TV at home, on a very high speed fiber connection.
A single click on a link and you join the conference, like always with Bistri. On the mobile devices, it works in the browser, if you have Chrome Beta for Android, but in the future versions of Android, the WebRTC technology will be available in the default browser. We also have a native app to minimize the usage of the CPU and the battery life.
But… that was not enough !
On the beta version of Chrome, the screen sharing is also available, the other participants can see your screen as they where in front of it. It is magical, nothing to install !
Last but not least, all the screen flows are recorded, even the screen that has been shared, in one single video, that you can send or post anywhere.
In the next months, all these features will be released on the Bistri production platform, to let anyone enjoy them !
WebRTC Revolution Has Started!
The WebRTC revolution has begun. It’s future is bright!
Thanks to Bistri, a growing number of users are enjoying WebRTC video calls with superb audio and video quality. The complexity of setting up a call is hidden. It just works!
Although Bistri’s main focus is WebRTC, today we use a total of 4 protocols to run video calls covering all real life use cases.
3 months after the launch of Google Chrome 23, these are the first WebRTC Statistics from Bistri. Based on the 1500 successfull video calls made daily on Bistri, here is a breakdown of the protocols used:
And, if we take a look at peer-to-peer (P2P) protocols WebRTC and RTMFP only:
More WebRTC statistics are coming soon…
Bistri just hits 1,000,000 users!