Google+ Hangouts shifting to HD video quickly, going plugin-free inside months
Chances are you’ll not have observed it but, however Google is in the midst of sweeping modifications to Hangouts that ought to supply massive enhancements to picture high quality and accessibility. The corporate tells GigaOM that it is presently upgrading its video chat service to 720p by switching from the H.264 video codec to the extra environment friendly (and Google-managed) VP8 commonplace. HD-high quality Hangouts ought to be out there quickly after Google finishes the VP8 rollout to net customers late subsequent week. A sharper image is only one a part of the puzzle, nevertheless. The change to VP8 additionally units the stage for WebRTC help, which can let Google supply plugin-free Hangouts in browsers like Chrome and Firefox inside the subsequent a number of months. The search big will nonetheless supply a plugin for holdouts, however they could quickly be the exceptions to the rule.