Google Continues to Push WebP Image Format

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AFDozerman

This is most likely a good thing, but if our aggregate data usage goes down as a whole, that gives companies an excuse to further cut down on allowed data use per person.

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Shalbatana

Hmm sounds interesting. didn't even know about it. My head must have been in the image format sand. I'll check into it. Too bad it didn't incorporate animated gif format too. Then it would really be one format to rule them all (aforementioned jpeg equivalent quality loss not withstanding)

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praetor_alpha

WebP has animation support.

http://www.cnet.com/news/google-speeds-webp-image-format-brings-animation-support-to-chrome/

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Shalbatana

Ah, didn't realize that from the article. I should have read between the lines when GIF was listed. Like I said, I'll have to edumakate myself on it. Thanks for the info!

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Slugbait

It appears that Google is saying that WebP is geared for mobile operating systems. Specifically stating that it benefits metered data plans just further solidifies that the objective is mobile.

As of last year, it was pointed out that WebP images lose more detail that what is lost in JPEG. Not a surprise: the more compression used, the lower the resulting quality. Compression is eeeville.

Unless they can significantly improve quality, Google might want to limit the delivery of WebP images to mobile browsers that are running in Mobile Mode. For mobile browsers running in Desktop Mode (or desktop browsers), they should probably use original formats that use less compression.

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Rebel_X

Sure is welcomed, *** BUT *** what about the license? GIF was a killer animation format back in the days killed by its own license. It wasn't until recently (few years ago) that the license of GIF expired and became public domain.

If webP format is royalty free, that is, everybody can use it in their commercial applications, then it is welcomed. Otherwise, it will fail hard.

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praetor_alpha

License is totally free. Of course Google knows that it would fail hard if it was anything but. It looks like that might happen anyway, since only Chrome supports it.

https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/faq?csw=1