High definition is the way to go, and Chrome is now hopping on the trend. Following YouTube and Netflix’s footsteps, Chrome is reportedly working on adding HDR playback support for its Android app. This was revealed by two recent updates on the Chromium Gerrit (via XDA Developer).
While one of these updates is to set color space and HDR metadeta in android.media.MediaFormat, the other is to extract VP9 HDR metadeta from the video container and pass it to MediaCodec.
Essentially, the support means, if you find a video in HDR somewhere on the web, using Google Chrome on Android, you will be able to view it in the high defintion, provided your Android device also supports HDR playback. HDR basically amps up the color and contrast significantly compared to standard dynamic range to offer a more realistic picture.
Currently, HDR content on the internet is rather limited when you take all the video content into perspective. The biggest HDR content providers right now include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Apple and Google, all of which have their own apps that they want you to use. It will take some time before other sites start encoding their videos in HDR, which will only happen when there are enough HDR displays on the market.
Talking about displays, compatibility is on two ends. One is the platform you are viewing on and the other is the device you are using. Some of the HDR-capable smartphones out there are LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 duo, Note 8, Sony Xperia XZ1 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, to name a few.