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Correction: Google and VP8

The caption beneath the graph incorrectly identified the top performing encoder shown in the graph itself. That encoder is Google's Foxtail VP8 encoder.

By March 28, 2013


Despite Google patent efforts, VP8 no shoo-in for Web video

Nokia refuses to license patents it says are needed to use Google's video technology, sullying Google's earlier patent deal. But WebRTC could still spread VP8 widely, lowering Web video costs for startups and schools.

By March 28, 2013


Google reaches deal with MPEG LA over its VP8 video codec

Agreement with patent-licensing group clears the way for wider adoption of the Web giant's streaming-video platform WebM.

By March 7, 2013


Google ratchets up VP8 video quality--but so do video rivals

The "Duclair" release brings Google's royalty-free video encoder software to version 1.0.0. But a sequel to rival H.264 is waiting in the wings, too.

By January 30, 2012


12 organizations say VP8 infringes patents

A drawn-out evaluation could lead to a patent barrier around Google's Web video technology. Now 12 unnamed organizations have told MPEG LA they believe VP8 violates their patents.

By July 29, 2011


Google releases Anthill to bake VP8 into hardware

Chipmakers now can create processors that accelerate encoding and decoding of Google's royalty-free VP8 video format. Also, Opera builds in WebP image support.

By March 15, 2011


Google claims better Web video with new VP8

The Bali release of Google's video encoding technology does a better job creating videos, and the upcoming Cayuga release has more in store.

By March 9, 2011


Google documents VP8 at standards group IETF

The Net giant has lodged its video codec with the Internet standards group--but the move is independent from standardization, Google says.

By January 21, 2011


Google opens up VP8 for Web video tweaks

It looks like the May release of WebM wasn't the final word for Google's Web video technology: there's now room for experimentation.

By June 18, 2010


Google tackles VP8 video quality question

Some believe Google's new Web video technology doesn't match the existing H.264 in quality. Google is offering some rebuttal.

By June 1, 2010