Firefox Hello: voice and video calls without account requirement - gHacks Tech News

Firefox Hello: voice and video calls without account requirement

We live in a connected world and each one of us has many options when it comes to connecting others. While it is still possible to use a phone for that, other types of communication such as messaging apps or video chat have become more popular and are widely used by millions each day.

The majority of these solutions have in common that you need an account to use them. This is true for services like Skype or Google Hangouts for example, WhatsApp or the Facebook application.

Firefox Hello attempts to change that. What makes it interesting is the fact that you don't need an account to use it, and that recipients don't need to use Firefox but can use any WebRTC compatible web browser.

The "start a conversation" has been part of Nightly and Aurora versions of Firefox for some time now and Mozilla plans to move the feature to the Beta channel as well in the coming weeks.

You find it in the browser's customization menu. To enable it simply click on the Hamburger menu icon at the top and select Customize from the options. Locate the "start a conversation" bubble and drag & drop it to a toolbar or the menu itself so that it becomes accessible.

firefox start a communication

A click on the bubble displays the main menu. There you find a share link that can be used by others to call you. This link is randomized whenever you access the Hello Firefox tool but seems to work for some time thereafter even if you open the menu again to create a new link.

hello firefox

You can copy the link to the clipboard or open the default email program or service of the system to send an email instead to recipients.

Calls are displayed as notifications in Firefox. They work from any WebRTC compatible web browser including Google Chrome or Opera.

hello-firefox-2

It is furthermore possible to sign in or create an account, but that is no requirement. Firefox Hello supports voice and video communication and it is up to each conversation member to select the desired form of communication.

You can create an account if you want. Doing so can be beneficial as contacts are displayed in the browser then making it easier to call them directly without having to send a new conversation link each time to do so.

The only other option available at the time of writing is to set your status to do not disturb to avoid getting called when the status is active.

Firefox Hello works surprisingly well and while there is still some work to be done, there is no chat option for instance as far as I can tell, it is without doubt a very convenient option to voice or video call others without having to worry about program or account requirements.

Summary
Firefox Hello: voice and video calls without account requirement
Article Name
Firefox Hello: voice and video calls without account requirement
Description
Firefox Hello is a new communication service by Mozilla that enables you to voice or video call others using WebRTC compatible web browsers.
Author
Advertisement

We need your help

Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.

If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:


Previous Post: «
Next Post: »

Comments

  1. Dwight Stegall said on October 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm
    Reply

    Firefox is already the slowest browser. I imagine this will make it even slower. Even the optimised Cyberfox 64-bit that is more than twice as fast lags too much on Windows 8.1. I don’t believe this feature will work very well in those browsers.

    1. Saad said on October 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm
      Reply

      yes, Firefox is some slow in running but it will boost by using multi-core cpu feature in version 36. and also will release 64-bit version in v37. i think it will be faster.

    2. fokka said on October 17, 2014 at 6:33 pm
      Reply

      why would that make the browsing slower?

      1. Anonymous said on October 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm
        Reply

        For the same reason that add-on may make browser slower. Note that he didn’t say slower “browsing”.

    3. Nebulus said on October 19, 2014 at 2:10 am
      Reply

      What do you mean by “slowest”? I find Firefox to be pretty fast, both when it comes to browsing itself and when it comes to the interface…

      1. Guest said on November 9, 2014 at 11:18 am
        Reply

        Except starting up, right? Sure, if you have 1 – 5 tabs open it starts up quick, but if you’re a power user (like me) with over 100 tabs, it slows down to the point where it takes over 1 minute to open Firefox (I’m using Cyberfox x64 variant, still slows down)

        I sure hope the multi-process update fixes this, otherwise Firefox is doomed to die a ‘slow’ death (see what I did there?)

  2. Ray said on October 17, 2014 at 11:08 pm
    Reply

    This is by far the best feature I have seen coming up in Firefox so far.

  3. Spike said on December 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm
    Reply

    Any info on the exact about:config variable to change to enable this?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm
      Reply

      Yes, set loop.throttled to false.

      1. Spike said on December 2, 2014 at 10:55 pm
        Reply

        sweet thanks! This is missing from every article I read about it..
        S

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on December 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm
        Reply

        I always mention things like this in my Firefox release round-up posts: https://www.ghacks.net/2014/12/01/firefox-34-find-out-what-is-new/

  4. Name said on December 3, 2014 at 11:14 am
    Reply

    Well there is no bubble icon in Customize options.. What now..

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm
      Reply

      Either wait until it is added to your version of Firefox or set loop.throttled in about:config to false.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.