Qualcomm will finally support native AV1 video decoding with its next-gen Snapdragon chip

Better late than never…

AV1 is the video codec of the future, offering 30% better compression than Google’s VP9 format without bringing any noticeable hit to picture quality. The compression benefits get even better as the resolution increases, resulting in significant data savings when streaming 4K or higher content. Google has been heavily pushing the open-source video codec, with Netflix also adopting AV1 for Android and smart TVs. Developed by the Alliance for Open Media, the AV1 codec can be used royalty-free by any company.

Source: Qualcomm will finally support native AV1 video decoding with its next-gen Snapdragon chip