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Google Chrome drops support for H.264 codec

Google, through the official blog of the Chromium project, announced that the next versions of its Chrome browser will no longer bring support for the H.264 codec to advance on open platforms such as WebM (VP8) and Theora.

?We expect even faster innovation in the media platform next year and that is why we are focusing our investments on technologies that are developed and licensed based on the principles of the open web,? says Google.

?We are changing HTML5 from Chrome to make it compatible with the codecs already supported by the Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high quality codecs open in the future ?.

In order to use the H.264 codec in Chrome, the Mountain View giant was required to license the codec in order to be able to embark on its browser. Among its functions was directly the ability to offer good video quality, including on YouTube.

?H.264 played an important role but our goal is to allow for open innovation, so codec support will be removed and resources directed towards completely open technologies.?

Supported browsers and technologies:

WebM / Ogg: 35% (Firefox: 22.81%; Chrome: 9.98%; Opera: 2.23%)

H.264: 6% (Safari: 5.89; IE9: 0.46%)

With the end of the adoption of the H.264 codec, in which Mozilla also supports the same view in Firefox, developers will have to rethink which technology to follow. The easiest option, however, much debated these days, is the old and well-known Flash.