Google Chrome browser for Android to get HDR video support


Google is planning to add HDR video support to the Chrome browser for Android. The information comes from a couple of commits (commits record source code changes to the repository) that were recently spotted on Chromium Gerrit (the web-based team code collaboration tool for Chrome). 

According to these commits, the Android version of Google's ubiquitous web browser will be able to extract VP9 HDR metadata from the video container and pass it to the MediaCodec. In layman's terms, this means that Chrome will be able to playback HDR videos on a compatible device.

In case you're wondering, High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos offer superior contrast and color accuracy which results in an overall improvement of video quality. A good number of top-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and others feature HDR screens.

Apps like YouTube, Google Play Movies, and Netflix already support HDR, but the amount of such content is rather limited at the moment. Still, we suspect that we'll see more of these videos popping up as compatibility grows. 

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6 Comments

1. josephnero

Posts: 787; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Nice. Wish chrome was less RAM hungry though

4. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

Hope this is true. This would be fantastic news and hope others follow. But just love Google keep pushing things. They own the browser space yet they do not sit back but instead keep pushing. This is the biggest difference between MS of the past and Google today.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Let's see if it works. YouTube HDR is a joke.

6. Avieshek unregistered

Looking forward to support HEVC & Rec2100 from YouTube.

7. gamehead unregistered

nice.

8. farbodght

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

chrome is a lot laggy in Android devices. is a good browser though

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