Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chromium Project Drops H:264 From Chrome!

#Chromium Project Drops #H:264 From Chrome!
Looks like Google dropped a bomb in the websphere, when it announced that it is dropping H:264 support from Chrome. There were shouts of being evil, and threats of dropping Chrome all over the place, there is even a h:264 / MPEG supporter slashdot talking about how bad Google is. Well I guess he forgot how many patents (about 1200)are in h:264 and How evil they were before WebM came by.! 
I usually do not much like Apple's tactics but loved it when it dropped Adobe Flash, the worst spyware, (I shunned Adobe reader since 2006 when Adobe Reader started snooping into users affairs.for me, on the web. For Adobe flash' bad behavior flash cookies sharing personal data,  which I have restricted, (using the method given in the link) as much as I could. I will not trust Adobe with a ten meter yard stick. Even though I bashed Steve Jobs for it I secretively applauded Apple when it stopped using Flash. Did not matter how many sites ware using flash that chokes even fast computers, at times. But I also frowned when Google incorporated Flash in to Chrome. I am yet to find about Flash Supercookies on Chrome and how to block them as well. (I need to create a link to that MyADLETS article on VoIP IP Telephony)

So how evil Google may be underneath, I applaud it's decision to drop h:264 support. Because it really does not matter, as someone will surely develop a H:264 plugin and we get to know about some codecs that are following open standards. Perhaps h:264 itself will become more open, like it did when WebM emerged! So we welcome Google's Announcement; for providing us more options, in the video arena.

To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
I have to thank Pin drop soup for the info but I will say "Google Gets it!"


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