U.S. Galaxy S23 may match Exynos models in YouTube battery tests on AV1 codec support
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The last major holdout on Google’s free AV1 video streaming codec – Qualcomm – is reportedly adding support for the frugal compression algorithm that requires less bandwidth to stream video with the same quality as before. The U.S. Galaxy S22 Ultra model, for instance, offers no native AV1 streaming support.
The Adreno graphics processing subsystem will finally support native AV1 decoding then, for the first time in the history of Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, as Google now requires devices to include support for its frugal codec if they want to stream YouTube videos in high 4K definition. Ditto for Netflix, though popular streaming services like Disney+ or HBO Max are still in the exploratory stage regarding AV1.