The Brave browser launches Brave Together, a video calling system, thus placing itself in direct competition with industry apps such as Zoom, but also Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype.
The news was announced via Twitter:
Our Nightly version for North America now features Brave Together, our private and unlimited video calling service based on open source @jitsinews. Click on the widget & start connecting with friends/colleagues. Feedback welcome at https://t.co/SWLpcAKZDq for this trial version. pic.twitter.com/UPFE13Z0xB
— Brave Software (@brave) May 26, 2020
At the moment the service will only be available in the United States for users of Brave Nightly, the testing version of Brave. The fact that Brave introduces it in the Nightly version indicates that the service is not yet in its final version. For this reason, the browser asks its users to test it and leave a feedback in the appropriate section.
Its use seems easy: the browser will have a widget, like the one that appears to access BAT tokens, and from there it will be possible to start video calls.
From what the announcement shows, it’s evident that videoconferences can involve at least 25 people.
Brave Together has been realized using Jitsi, which provides open-source applications to develop video-conferencing apps focused on security.
The fact that the service is defined as “private and unlimited” seems to put it in serious competition with Zoom, the app of the moment, which has suffered some problems from the security point of view.
Recently, Zoom has reached an immense value, not only from the point of view of downloads, which currently make it one of the most downloaded applications but also in terms of capitalization. In fact, its value would now amount to 48 billion dollars.
Brave Together is also in open competition with another browser, Google Chrome, which has instead developed the “Meet” service, an evolution of the Hangout app, another system for making video conferences.
Unlike Zoom, both Brave Together and Google Meet are free. Zoom, on the contrary, is a freemium service, that is free but with limitations that are removed by purchasing the paid version.
Brave Together towards the mainstream
The Brave browser with its evolution aims to further grow its users and capture even those who at this time of restrictions due to the Coronavirus are using apps for video conferencing and video calls.
The fact that Brave is rewarding users of the browser in BAT tokens also makes it one of the key vehicles to promote awareness of cryptocurrencies.
Chances are this mix may be the solution that the crypto world has been waiting in order to reach the mainstream.