Google Android Gingerbread: What is the WebM Project?

By Jamie Pert - May 20, 2010

Earlier on today we revealed that a Q4 2010 release was looking likely for Google’s Android Gingerbread (FroYo’s successor), our source for this last article spoke a lot about WebM and the VP8 video codec, we will now explain exactly what this is.

WebM is an open-source media project sponsored by Google, this project consists of a completely royalty-free media file, which consists of compressed video (using the VP8 codec) and compressed audio streams (using the e Vorbis audio codec), from what we can see Android Gingerbread will be the first mobile OS to attempt to fully support this format.

The WebM project aims to offer a free (and hopefully just as good) video format, it’s aim is to deliver video and audio quality which is on par with what a commercial product could produce, whilst managing to keep a relatively small file size.

Currently it seems as if standard web browsers don’t support WebM, however there are version of Opera, Firefox and Chrominium which do support the technology.

If you would like to find out more about WebM check out the frequently asked questions section of the project’s website.

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