[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 183201] New: Support WebRTC in Safari in-app browser

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Wed Feb 28 02:18:08 PST 2018


            Bug ID: 183201
           Summary: Support WebRTC in Safari in-app browser
           Product: WebKit
           Version: Safari 11
          Hardware: iPhone / iPad
                OS: iOS 11
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: WebRTC
          Assignee: webkit-unassigned at lists.webkit.org
          Reporter: daginge at confrere.com
                CC: youennf at gmail.com

Filing a bug since I couldn't find another bug to track progress on this. WebRTC is currently not supported in Safari in-app browser, which is making the end-user experience of going to url-based video conferencing platforms like appear.in or Confrere hard to use. 

An example is that a user receives a link on e-mail or in Slack. User clicks the link and is taken to Safari in-app version of the browser. getUserMedia is not supported here, so call fails.

We want getUserMedia and other WebRTC related APIs to work in Safari in-app as well as WKWebView (I believe this is what Facebook uses?) so that WebRTC APIs may also work here.

Alternatively, an escape hatch has to be made available to open a link in "proper" Safari where we can use WebRTC APIs. Currently I have found no way of achieving this. In our user testing, regular users have difficulty finding or understanding why they have to click the little "Open in Safari" icon to make video calling work. Facebook makes matters worse by hiding this option behind a kebab menu, but to be fair, they also don't support WebRTC on Android inside Facebook Browser.

Steps to reproduce:
- Send yourself the following link in an application which triggers the in-app browser: https://webrtc.github.io/samples/src/content/getusermedia/gum/
- Observe that getUserMedia does not complete, and the frame remains black. No feedback to the user is given of this error.

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