does Jitsi support meetings on mobile browsers (like Chrome on Android and iOS) or do users need to install the App?
I’m asking because going to https://meet.jit.si says “You need the JitsI Meet mobile app to join this meeting on your phone.”, so … I guess that’s a No? On https://app.8x8.vc there is a cool kind of a “preview” where you see yourself before joining a room, but after you login as guest and actually joining a room, similar message after all.
I’m on a Noob re. Web RTC, but thought mobile browsers meanwhile to support it as well, so just curious to learn if this is not possible, or could work in theory but is just known to be a PITA so App is the app to go. Or is there some configuration knob that allows this? (I’m going to play with setting up my own instance next.)
I also would be interested in some slightly more informative coverage on this question.
I have used jitsi with my team several times now, it worked well, we were happy to find it, thanks! I did end up installing the app, from f-droid. But I admit I was surprised at seeing the notice that said I had to. I had followed news about WebRTC for a while and was expecting at least the option to join via browser.
The same issue has been raised recently re: Zoom, and rightly so. In their case, of course, it’s a closed-source app, which is worth an even bigger squint before agreeing to install it on a phone.
But even in the case of an open-source app that’s on f-droid, installing any app on a phone is always a judgment of risk. A service saying “hey! download our awesome app!” is asking people to take a risk, and not asking in the respectful way that is appropriate when asking someone to take a risk.
Likewise, an explanation like “many cases which are covered” and “better OS integration” is ok as far as it goes … it just doesn’t go far enough as a reply to a person who is reasonably asking “why are you advocating I should take this risk? Why should I advocate to my attendees that they should take this risk?”
That sort of an answer would actually say something about the many cases which are covered, and what’s better about the OS integration. Like, specifics.
It would also be useful to know, even if it isn’t recommended or supported, is there a way on a mobile device to elect not to download the app, and continue via the browser? Is there a way for a meeting organizer to expose that option, if it normally isn’t? As there’s already been media coverage of the same issue for Zoom, it would be great to know what the story is here.
The app uses a webrtc we had tested and we are confident it works. There are many native integrations and some network address workarounds for ipv6, if I remember correctly… Many things that can be controlled. When we started writing the app there was no webrtc browser on ios and not sure whether webrtc was operational in chrome on android …
@angrycoder what sort of webapp are you building? I too am desperate to see Jitsi work across “all” devices and “all” browsers before I can consider using Jitsi. I would be willing to contribute dev assistance…
we built on linux a month ago and the browser UI was not fit for market on too many browsers and mobile. but perhaps they have fixed it all now. so that is fantastic that you have it working. would you allow me to test your front-end client? if it works in my tests I would like to have a commercial discussion with you msg me privately if you wish. have a great day