News by Michael Oryl on Thursday May 20, 2010.
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Yesterday in a FAQ for its newly launched WebM video format, Google indicated that the upcoming "Gingerbread" version of its Android OS is currently planned to be released in Q4 of 2010. Gingerbread is the follow-up to Android 2.2 FroYo, which is widely expected to make its debut today at Google's I/O conference.
Google's WebM is a new open source video codec that is targeted at the brewing HTML5 video format wars. The HTML5 specification, which allows for native video embedding in web pages without the need for plug-ins like Adobe Flash, does not specify which video format is to be used. Apple and Microsoft are pushing the the expensive to license H.264 format, while others like Opera and Mozilla have been lobbying for open source standards.
WebM is Google's proposed answer. It is based on the VP8 video codec developed by On2, a company it recently purchased, and uses the open source Ogg Vorbis system for audio.
Update: It is worth noting that Microsoft has just changed its tune, and says that IE9's HTML5 support will include WebM.
HTML5 support with video for mobile devices is not likely to be in widespread use for quite some time to come. [via EngadgetMobile]