Google appears set to be placing its weight behind AV1 by making help for the video codec a prerequisite for any upcoming Android TV 10 machine.
Based on a report by Android TV Guide, any TV, set-top field or the rest wanting to make use of the newest model of Google’s good platform might want to embrace an AV1 decoder built-in on the chip stage if launched after the 31st March 2021 deadline.
Fortuitously, the coverage appears more likely to have an effect on new gadgets solely. The newest Chromecast with Google TV is Android TV 10-based however doesn’t help AV1 itself and the wise guess is that Google wouldn’t stand in the way in which of any additional updates both for this or another present Android-based good TVs however there isn’t a affirmation right here.
There might in any other case be a good quantity of uproar from present Android TV 9 machine customers on condition that the AV1 decoder can’t be delivered as a software program improve.
AV1 is the the subsequent evolution of the defacto video streaming codec and is deliberate because the successor to the HEVC (H.265) format which is presently used for 4K HDR video on platforms akin to Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney Plus and Netflix.
It was developed by the Alliance for Open Media, which counts Amazon, Apple, ARM, Fb, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, Nvidia and Samsung amoung its members, and is designed to supply web streaming effectivity upgrades with out affecting high quality. Google has already applied some AV1 use onto YouTube and requires AV1 help to view its 8K movies on TV.
The newest Google TV-toting Sony TV line-up for 2021 consists of an AV1 decoder on the Bravia XR chip however will probably be fascinating to see which different TV manufactures have future-proofed in the identical manner for this yr and the way which will have an effect on those that plan to make use of Android TV going ahead.
We look ahead to listening to official phrase from Google on the matter.
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