We have evidently seen how proprietary companies like Apple, Microsoft, etc., go beyond patenting system, wasting their time and hindering the development process as well as delaying, instead of focusing on more of Research & Developments. But Google’s policy has always been the same since their start “Do No Evil“, and they have been one of the biggest supporters of the Open Source movements by contributing to Open Source projects, by organizing Google Summer of Code, etc., and now it’s a new Open Standard for images on websites, whose libraries are also open sourced called WebP.
Recently HTML5’s development has come to an end and W3C has started to work on the HTML6 Specifications. WebM – an optimized Open Video format for Web, which was part of the HTML5 and that was implemented by popular sites like Wikipedia, Youtube for hosting videos online. They are optimized for web without compromising the quality, but with smaller size (the real optimization).
Mozilla Foundation, Opera, Google, Webkit, etc have all together improved the web a lot and made it more faster in the last decade. But still web is evolving everyday with new optimization and technology. They have improved certain parts of web, but this time they have found that something which causes latency while loading web pages are the use of Image formats such as JPEG, PNG’s (lossless or lossy). In order to overcome those, Google has come up with the Open Standard Image format called WebP. Google says in their blog post, that this format is more optimized with increased image compression for Web-sites taking up less storage space and so the images can be loaded faster than the latter ones.
Google has also created and released tools for WebP cwebp (encoding – convert images from any format to webp) and Webp dwebp (decoding – vice versa). They can be downloaded from here, according to the platform that you use. While WebP images can be viewed with latest version of Chrome or Chromium and Opera browsers, Mozilla Firefox did not implement the new standard in their browsers, stating the performance is not with par still compared to JPEG qualities (While google has come up with better performance results after this).
Note:- The WebP project is still under development and we believe, it would become the next standard for Image formats with delivering better performance eliminating the existing proprietary formats. Firefox has done a good job here rejecting the format, so that now Google can make it more better to make Firefox believe it is better !
The reason why I qouted “Apple and Microsoft” at the beginning is while they are fighting with each other, Google has it’s own browser (chrome), Mozilla has it’s own browser (Firefox) and Opera has it’s own browser (Opera) and still they all help each other by keeping the web open with these standards which today benefits billions and millions of people around the globe. Apple and Microsoft also has their own browsers (Safari and IE respectively) but we do not hear any significant amount of contribution from them, all we hear is Trolls of IE ! and Sale Profits of Apple !