Chrome and Firefox Can 'Talk' to Each Other, HP Intros Chromebook
Article by George Norman
On 06 Feb 2013
While Google and Mozilla were glad to announce that Chrome and Firefox can “talk” to each other via WebRTC, HP introduced the new Pavilion 14 Chromebook.

WebRTC, an open project supported by Google, Mozilla, and Opera, enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs. Or to put it in other words, WebRTC enables browser to browser applications for voice calling, video chat and P2P file sharing without plugins. It is the aim of the project to enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple Javascript APIs and HTML5. A common platform lets all devices communicate and share audio, video, and data in real-time.


The news is that via WebRTC, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox can “talk” to one another. WebRTC RTCPeerConnection interoperability between Firefox and Chrome means you can enjoy crisp voice, sharp high-definition (HD) video and low-delay communication capabilities within the browser. A video that showcases this functionality was made public by Mozilla. In the video below you can check out a call between Mozilla’s Chief Innovation Officer, Todd Simpson, and Google’s Director of Product Management, Hugh Finnan.

In related news, equipment manufacturer HP decided to enter the Chromebook market, thus confirming that Google’s Chromebook is becoming a valid alternative to traditional laptops and MacBooks. HP introduced the new Pavilion 14 Chromebook, a device that comes with a $329.99 price tag and with the following specs:

  • 14’’ BrightView LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)
  • 0.83 inch thin – 3.96 lbs / 1.8 kg
  • Up to 4.25 hours of battery
  • Dual-core Intel Celeron Processor
  • 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage with 16GB Solid State Drive
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and ethernet
  • HD Camera
  • 3x USB 2.0
  • HDMI Port
  • 2-in-1 memory card slot (SD, MMC)
  • Bluetooth 3.0 Compatible
  • Kensington key lock compatible

“This HP Chromebook is a great home companion that offers the built-in security, speed and simplicity you’d expect from a Chromebook on a brilliant 14” screen. Enjoy your favorite videos, photos and more in new detail, and with its versatile HDMI and USB ports, the HP Chromebook is easy to customize with peripherals. It’s less than an inch thick and powered by an Intel® Celeron® Processor, so you can work and play at full speed,” commented Felix Lin, Director of Product Management with Google.

Tags: Google, Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, WebRTC, Opera, HP, Pavilion, Chromebook
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