No Need To Install A Plugin, Firefox Now Lets You Make Video Calls From The Browser
Gone are the days when you had to sign-up for a service, and then login every time you booted up your computer in order to call your friends (yes, I am talking about Skype here). Mozilla recently added a new feature to Firefox’s latest beta build that lets you make video calls without needing any plugin or additional software.
The feature called “Hello” lets you make video calls to anyone across the web, irrespective of the account and device they use. Hello has been introduced as a result of Mozilla’s partnership with operator Telefonica.
“Firefox Hello makes it easy to communicate with friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as you,” Telefonica said. “It’s free to make voice and video calls and there’s no need to download software, plugins or even create an account.”
You might be thinking how it connects you with the person you want to call. Well, those who have Mozilla’s account can call anyone in a single click provided the other person also has Mozilla’s account and is signed-in to the browser. Those who do not have Mozilla account can also use Hello by sharing the callback link with the person they want to call.
Hello lets you add contacts too, which is the first among Firefox releases. You can add contacts and import from your Google account as well. You can import contacts simply by clicking on “import contacts” and then signing in to your Google account. Hello will handle the rest of the work.
Firefox is making a lot of changes behind the scenes, and this feature is just one of many yet to come. Hello is also in experimental phase and you can provide your feedback at the end of the call.
I have just one concern. Will it slow down the browser? I hope it doesn’t. Firefox was too slow for me on Windows (yes, I tried all the tips mentioned on their website), but it runs like a charm on Ubuntu. If this feature doesn’t slow down the browser, it would be an awesome one to have.
Looks like Skype’s time would be over soon.