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A recent update just brought AV1 support to your Android phone

What you need to know

  • Google confirms it has switched to VideoLAN’s open-source libdav1d codec for AV1 video playback through its March 2024 Play Systems update.
  • The new codec is said to have increased performance and efficiency compared to the old libgav1 codec.
  • The new software-based codec leverages a device’s CPU, which means more devices can enjoy smoother videos without worrying about the required hardware.

Google has confirmed that all devices running Android 12 and up have received a new software-based AV1 decoder to facilitate smoother videos.

Mishaal Rahman highlighted Google’s confirmation on X, courtesy of Arif Dikici, software development manager of Android video and image codec. Dikici states that Android 12 and up devices have received the new “libdav1d” codec as an OTA (over-the-air) update. Rahman adds that it was included with the March 2024 Google Play systems update and beyond.



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