Google Adds Hardware Acceleration Support to WebM
Google recently announced the availability of WebM (VP8) video hardware IP designs, which it is making available to manufacturers of semiconductors for mobile devices such as smartphones. The benefits of hardware acceleration will be realized in video playback. Google says that the new code will allow mobile devices to play high-quality WebM content from the web and conduct high definition video chats. Google says the hardware-accelerated VP8 video encoding will allow for video conferencing at 720p or 1080p at full frame rate with minimal impact on the battery life. Google didn't indicate when chips supporting hardware-accelerated WebM are expected to reach the market. In related news, Google recently said that it will cease to support H.264 video playback in its Chrome browser and OS, preferring instead to support its own WebM technology.
Chrome to Support HDR Video Playback
Google today provided an update on the progress it has made with the Chrome browser over the last year and offered a peek at some features that will arrive later this year. To start, Chrome now supports play/pause, rewind, and fast forward controls for audio and video.
OnePlus 5T Can't Stream HD Content from Netflix, Google, Amazon
The latest flagship smartphone from OnePlus cannot stream video content from certain providers in high-definition, according to The Verge. The services impacted include Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, and Netflix.
Google Brings Chatting to Its Video Conferencing Tool
Google today said Meet, its video conferencing service, will soon have the ability for participants to send and receive text and web links via chat. Google relaunched its video calling and chatting services earlier this year with an emphasis on business users.
Google Chrome for Android Becomes More Efficient
Google today updated its Chrome browser for Android devices with new tools to help reduce data usage, download pages for offline use, and discover more personalized content. To start, Data Saver has expanded to video.
I think Google is confusing "open" with "free"
In certain instances you will have to pay royalties to the companies that hold patents for H.426 but their source codes are 100% open and able to be viewed/edited etc.
EVERY mobile device records video in H.426, EVERY bluray player uses H.426, TV broadcasting uses it and it is something you absolutely do not need a plugin for.
WebM, on the other hand, is 100% NOT OPEN SOURCE. It is a proprietary format that GOOGLE OWNS and has not opened up the source code for. It has a near zero percent market share and is supported by absolutely no hardware at the moment.
It makes no sense for Google to drop H.426...
You can also add h.264 support to a Chrome browser by downlo...
Isn't this monopolizing?
I mean, it's not smart, but it's also not a monopoly.
Now, if Google had the only browser on the market THAT would make it a monopoly.
But you can't really be accused of anti-competitive measures for selling a product that only...
Google only allowing for their products to work with their services?
WebM is a format Google championed. Youtube HTML5 videos are WebM.