There are 2 main decision criteria for choosing a video codec – technical and business. Tsahi touched the technical part in his post. While I’ll get a bit into the technical aspects as well, in this post I also want to cover some of the business considerations. Let’s put one thing behind us. The difference between H.264 and VP8 from quality perspective is more of a religion than anything else.
Last week Apple posted a new position on their job board with the title: WebKit Media Engineer – WebRTC (see below full job post). Now that looks like great news. Maybe Apple is working towards adding WebRTC to the Safari browser for iOS and OS X. Before we open the champagne bottle let’s take a closer look at this one.
Google is the elephant in the room when it comes to advertisement but it does have its competitors and when it comes to mobile things get tricky for Google. Adding RCS to Android devices can allow Google to offer a cross device and cross network rich messaging, voice and video chat, RCS type of service that will compete with WhatsApp of Facebook and allow Google to increase their position in mobile advertisement.
Different from simply adding an RCS client by the chipset vendor or device manufacturer the solution Jibe Mobile offers today is a cloud service. This falls nicely into Google’s desire to stay on top of our messaging traffic. Google may introduce RCS as yet another OTT service or it may add the service provider into the game and give them control over the business model
When planning the development of a mobile app there is more than the OS to be considered. The times when you could just blow-up your app screen X2 are long gone, it was actually a bad implementation even in the early days of mobile apps. Today there are actually 5 form factors you need to consider per each major OS (Android and iOS). Add to this the different form factors
IoT is high on the hype cycle for a few years now, 2014 and the 2015 CES event were an important milestone for IoT and specifically for the home environment as a few market influencers made strategic moves. What we see is that different market players are trying to become the market place for applications and services that will manage our homes and things.