Android P lands native HDR video and high-efficiency media format support

Phones and tablets with HDR-certified displays are starting to inundate our specs database, and there is now barely a high-end phone announced that doesn't have wide color-capable screens. Some are even able to capture true HDR video to showcase on said displays, too.

Well, Android is finally catching up with the times, and Google just mentioned in its Android P Developer Preview roundup above that the new version will have native decoder for HDR VP9 video, making it easier for devs to create playback-capable apps. In addition, there will be built-in high-efficiency formats for images and video, that can hold almost twice the data that JPEG typically houses, at about the same file size. 

Granted, Apple and Samsung already offer you to record in high-efficiency codecs, but it's nice to see that Google will introduce this option in the source code, making playback and viewing much more compatible among devices.



1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

They should add 10bit color mode for the whole system too, as pretty much all HDR capable panels support that anyway.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Was going to say that

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Was going to say that

4. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Sony has it

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