Google has decided to increase its efforts to disseminate open video formats: Android 14 system requirements will include computer support for the AV1 public video code for smartphones and tablets.
To date, mandatory hardware support has been limited to VP8 and VP9, the AV1 predecessors. Google has not yet published the final compatibility requirements for Android 14: the beta version of the system is not expected to be released until April, and Protocol did not respond promptly to the request.
AV1 is a code developed by Alliance for Open Media, which includes Google, Amazon, Netflix and other companies. Google is an active supporter of the project, and hardware support has been part of Android TV systems since last year. The company also promotes technology on its YouTube video platform by recoded all content into a new format.
On mobile devices, AV1 has not received universal hardware support, including Qualcomm, which has not yet implemented this option in its chipsets, and Google has so far been satisfied with software implementation. However, the company will not limit itself to the AV1 code box alone; it has recently become known that Google is producing free alternatives to the Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision formats.