Google Adds Hardware Acceleration Support to WebM
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 and it makes no sense for them to push a format like WebM that is pretty much DOA, has no advantages over H.426 and is going to be a huge headache to incorporate online and into mobile devices.
I'm removing Google Chrome from my laptop.