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My hopes for mobile WebRTC are on ice

Chris KoehnckeChris Koehncke

samsung1Arrrgh. Samsung is the largest producer’s of smart phones, shipping 250m units in the last quarter, nearly 2x their nearest competitor and I’m not even counting tablets. Samsung has profited royally from Google’s Android, put Korea on the map so speak. You’d think they’d be all over WebRTC? WebRTC for mobile phones, tablets, a natural fit for inclusion into the TV for video conferencing (finally a vendor neutral technology).

It would appear Samsung is. On the famed W3C Web Real-Time Communications Working Group Samsung has 3 voting members (equal to in fact Google, whose members include our beloved Justin and Harald). Note: the largest voting member group is Huawei (ain’t never seen them at any WebRTC event, have you?).

Unfortunately, Samsung or Chrome or Android has a deep seated problem with WebRTC. Inbound audio quality TO the Samsung device is choppy (shudders).  Virtually unusable with any WebRTC application. It’s well documented, no one is saying what the problem cause is specifically and all of us are hoping that Android 4.3 (which is not currently released by Samsung) fixes the problem.



Comments 4
  • David Welzmiller
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    David Welzmiller David Welzmiller


    I am a bit confused. We have a working WebRTC Android App in Play Store ( And it works well with Samsung devices (we only had problems with older Galaxy Tablets due to incompatible graphic chips). But we didn’t receive any complaints about it for months. Also Chrome does a good job on my Nexus 10 tablet, which we regularly use for demos on exhibitions.

  • Chris Koehncke
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    Chris Koehncke Chris Koehncke


    My hidden point is that it would appear WebRTC is (1) still very early and (2) clearly not much activity as yet on mobile phones (seeing as how Samsung is the leader in that space). Quick search turns up a variety of articles on sound issues with Samsung products, Chrome and specifically WebRTC.

  • Song Zheng
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    Song Zheng Song Zheng


    Hey Chris! Glad to see that you’re playing with WebRTC. I built a multiparty webrtc video chat app ( and have tested it on chrome on Galaxy S3 and S4 and they worked beautifully. Also, OpenTok released our Android webRTC SDK beta, maybe give that a shot and see if webRTC plays out better for you? Either way, great meeting you at realtime conf!

  • Sebastian Kummer
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    Sebastian Kummer Sebastian Kummer


    Audio quality is an issue in Chrome for Android but it is not a general defect in the Android WebRTC port (check out native Apps).
    However, I agree WebRTC is early on mobiles. Google does a great job, but it’s not only about Android. A convincing solution will also require having audio and video running smoothly on iOS too.

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