HDR video support is coming to Chrome for Android soon

With an increasing number of devices supporting HDR content, it shouldn’t be difficult to imagine online browsers and other services adopting its support. Googleseems to be working at the same front and may bring HDR video support to its widely-used Chrome browser.

Although there is no official word on this, a couple of users found the hints of its arrival in some code strings on Chromium Gerrit. The first ‘commit’ suggests that Chrome for Android will be able to “tak[e] the VP9 HDR metadata from the video container and [pass] it to MediaCodec.” As reported by Android Police, the second ‘commit’ says that the mobile browser version may “set color space and HDR metadata in android.media.MediaFormat.”

This indirectly means that the browser will support HDR content if the device supports it.

 We are not yet sure when will Google officially bring the support for HDR video content on its Chrome for Android. However, the feature definitely seems to be in the works so it is safe to say that the feature’s arrival is imminent.
Earlier this month, Google announced the roll out of new ‘protections’ that weed out some unwanted behaviours from websites. One of the issues Google found was that “a small number use the flexibility and power of the web to take advantage of users and redirect them to unintended destinations.”
The blog post said that they got feedbacks from users saying that a page will unexpectedly navigate to a new page, for seemingly no reason. These redirections come from third party embedded in the web page. “To address this, in Chrome 64 all redirects originating from third-party iframes will show an infobar instead of redirecting, unless the user had been interacting with that frame. This will keep the user on the page they were reading, and prevent those surprising redirects,” said Google.

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