In an earlier article I had said that Google Hangouts had dropped Vidyo in favor of WebRTC. I made a mistake. Google Hangouts has NOT dropped Vidyo. Moreover, Vidyo executives have contacted me to let me know that “Google has a great relationship with Vidyo”. I have checked my sources and verified that Vidyo is indeed still part of Google. (It turns out it is rather complicated to figure out what Google is currently using for Hangouts and GoogleTalk.)
Will Google ever drop Vidyo? It is hard not to get excited about what Google is doing with WebRTC. Google spent $200M acquiring the building blocks – buying the company GIPS for audio and On2 for video. Since these acquisitions, the Google WebRTC team has been growing like crazy – and is now one of the bigger engineering teams inside Google.
What do you think? Will Google eventually drop Vidyo and use WebRTC instead? Is WebRTC ready?