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Google speeds WebP image format, brings animation support to Chrome

Other browser makers are unmoved by file-size advantages of the image format, but Google is pressing ahead. And it's saving terabytes of network usage a day on its own sites.

By Mar. 22, 2014


Correction: WebP supported in Opera

The original version of this story misidentified which browsers support Google's WebP image format. WebP currently is supported in Chrome, Opera, and Android.

By May. 9, 2013


Animated WebP graphics support no shoo-in for Chrome

Google WebP engineers are encountering resistance from Google Chrome engineers about whether it's worth supporting the animated version of the image format.

By Jul. 6, 2013


Google cuts network usage by terabytes by switching to WebP

Google is happy enough with WebP to spread it across the company, including the Google+ app on Android. Also: new features coming to WebP.

By May. 17, 2013


Facebook to Firefox: Please add WebP image support

Engineers for the powerful Web site like Google's image format and are encouraging Mozilla to support it in Firefox.

By May. 8, 2013


Google to fix some WebP image format shortcomings

Addressing early criticisms, Google finalizes how its image file format will handle metadata and color profiles. Also new: faster encoding and animation support.

By Mar. 21, 2013


Blink leaders reject animated WebP images in Chrome, for now

The leaders of Google's browser engine project conclude they won't support the animated version of Google's own new image format until performance concerns are resolved.

By Jul. 16, 2013


Plug-ins give Photoshop support for Google's WebP image format

Web developers and graphic artists who want to try the data-saving graphics format now have two choices of open-source plug-ins for Photoshop.

By Jun. 25, 2013


Google touts benefits of WebP image format

Switching just one Google site to its own image format saves the company terabytes of network traffic a day. Maybe showing it off will help it find some allies, too.

By Feb. 8, 2013


Facebook tries Google's WebP image format; users squawk

It's a major endorsement for the file format, but some social-network members are upset to have lost their flexible, sharable JPEGs.

By Apr. 22, 2013