Many things were discussed last week at the WebRTC Conference & Expo. One thing I noticed when doing show of hands was a beginning of expansion of the audience from telecom only to other areas. To my surprise, a non-neglectable number of hands were raised when I asked to know who are not coming from telecom oriented companies but rather from Web companies.
Topics discussed covered a range of areas from general WebRTC standard and technology to Telecom and enterprise specific ones.
I included some of these topics in the audience survey and closing panel. The presentation with the survey results can be fond below. I would like to discuss 2 out of these topics.
The panel moderated by myself included: Chad Hart (WebRTC Hacks & Dialogic), Douglas Tait (Oracle), Gilles Duboué (Alcatel-Lucent), Chris Koehncke (&yet), Sebastian Schumann (Slovak Telekom)
Are there still WebRTC roadblocks?
It was interesting to see the audience response compared to the opinion of the panel.
The question was designed to be controversial by intention as I put several of the issues discussed during the conference in one option. The audience played along and almost 80% voted for this option.
The panel on the other hand didn’t fall for this and followed the line of, there will always be issues, this can’t be a reason to hold back. In this case, I agree with the panel. There are always issues; ORTC was one of the topics brought up by many people as a concern. This and the video codec came up in several discussions I had with customers. Having said that, these concerns will be solved as issues will arise, they can’t be an excuse why not to use the technology.
Is WebRTC ready for mobile?
WebRTC for mobile is still a concern of many people. There are several options how to tackle this, options differ based on specific needs and device OS. This is why I decided to give a presentation about this at the conference (details of it will be published on Tuesday on my blog TheNewDialTone).
Most of the audience replied to this question either saying iOS is still an issue or that an SDK is the right option to take.
I believe it is less important what is the “correct” answer but rather to understand the general perception people have on WebRTC for mobile.
WebRTC support on mobile devices is a topic that needs to be solved in a better way during 2015.
More about the conference can be found in my summary.
Looking forward to hearing your feedback about the conference and what are your expectations for next year.