- Aug 17, 2014
Brave promises that Brave Talk is a privacy-preserving video conferencing solution.
Brave Talk users can enable multiple layers of encryption on calls, so an eavesdropper cannot listen in on users’ calls, and our servers don’t save metadata, so calls, images, and activities are never recorded or shared without user consent.
The underlying technology that powers Brave Talk has not changed; it is powered by Jitsi, an open source solution that is provided by 8x8.
Brave Talk is integrated in the browser, it does not require a browser extension or external application or installed software. Calls need to be initiated from the Brave browser, but connections to a call can come from other browsers, provided that these support the required technologies.
Brave Talk is available as a free and premium version. Free users get unlimited call times but are limited to one on one calls. The video conferencing solution does support YouTube livestreaming and groupwatch functionality for free users.
What Brave does not mention in the announcement is that free users need to enable Brave Rewards in Brave Browser to make free calls using Talk. Brave Talk does not work without it.
Brave Talk Premium is available for $7 per month. Besides lifting the two-person limit, premium supports call recordings and hosting tools such as entry passcodes or muting of participants. Some of the premium options were available during tests of the free version. Premium is the only option on Android and iOS currently, but Brave plans to launch the free option "in the coming weeks" on these platforms. Desktop users can choose between the free and premium version.
To get started, Brave users may point their web browser to Brave Talk. The company notes in the announcement that users may also activate the camera icon from Brave's new tab page, but the option was not available during tests. It is possible that it is on a controlled roll out and will land on all devices over time.
Brave, maker of the browser of the same name, added a video conferencing tool to the company's web browser, called Brave Talk.