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Google Adds Hardware Acceleration Support to WebM

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Jan 13, 2011, 8:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

more info at WebM Project »
more info at IntoMobile »



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