Google launches a new version for its Chrome browser

Google has just announced version 107 of its Chrome browser. Among the new features is default support for videos that use the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) codec, also known as H.265, after a phase of experimentation in version 106.

More efficient than H.264/AVC, this video codec is increasingly used, for example by Apple, which favors it in its iPhones and iPads, as well as in its Safari browser. It is also used in 4K UHD Blu-rays.

But the license for this codec is paid, unlike its competitor AV1, open and free (no royalty), which Google is trying to impose.

HEVC decoding on Chrome 107 is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS, but can only be enjoyed on platforms that have hardware acceleration, either at the graphics card level or at the level of the GPU of the SoC, reports the site 01 net.

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