Support for HDR in videos is coming to Chrome for Android

The popularization of high-contrast dynamic content (better known by the acronym HDR) is the next big step for improvement in video quality and multimedia consumption. Games, movies, videos, and series are already being produced with HDR technology that maintains a more excellent contrast between the lighter and darker areas of the image, creating a more realistic composition.

Google added HDR support from the Android 7.0 Nougat, and this enabled the feature to expand to a series of devices that already had a technology-ready display. Applications such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play Movies were then upgraded, and devices like Galaxy S8, Note 8, iPhones 2017, Xperia XZ Premium and several others began to enjoy the best video quality.

According to the latest Chromium updates, Google Chrome for Android will soon be able to extract the HDR metadata directly from the video drivers and pass them to the MediaCodec class. The HDR video is converted to the 10-bit VP9 Profile 2 codec for use with the supported device.

The improvement provided in Chrome will bring results like higher video quality in the near future as we do not know when Google will deploy the feature in your mobile browser.


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