Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 12:05 UTC
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Today a court in Mannheim, Germany, ruled that VP8 does not infringe a patent owned and asserted by Nokia. This decision is an important and positive step towards the WebM Project's ultimate goal: ensuring the web community has an open, high-quality, freely licensed video codec. Google's intervention in the underlying lawsuit (Nokia v. HTC) was a strong show of support for open standards like VP8.

I guess they'll have to dig out another patent somewhere to try and undermine Android, since Nokia isn't having much luck competing with Android by, you know, actually selling stuff. How the mighty have fallen, huh?

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RE: drawing a long bow
by lemur2 on Tue 6th Aug 2013 14:54 UTC in reply to "drawing a long bow"
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You draw a long bow in trying to connect this with Android, VP8 is a video codec and is hardly something that gives Google an leverage as to whether a customer chooses an Android or WinPho based device. If it was Microsoft would add it tomorrow.

VP8 is a core media format in the Android Multimedia Framework, and it has been since version 2.3 of Android. VP8 is not a capability of either Microsoft nor Apple's mobile platforms.

Recently, the W3C consortium has been trying to standardise the WebRTC standard. WebRTC would allow browser-to-browser video calls, and hence would be in competition with Skype and facetime.

The proposed video codec for WebRTC is VP8. WebRTC would therefore currently work in Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Android, but not on Microsoft or Apple mobile platforms.

This is the whole reason why MS patsy Nokia piped up about VP8 in the first place, just after Google had finalised a deal with MPEG LA. The whole point was to try to stymie the WebRTC standard.

Edited 2013-08-06 15:02 UTC

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