Google has been doing a lot of changes and improvements under the hood. With Android 14, devices may require smartphones to have AV1 decoding support. If you don’t know about it, it is a codec developed by Alliance for Open Media. It is a royalty-free codec with immense bandwidth saving over both VP9 and H264.

Facebook internationally tested this back in 2018, which came with amazing results as it showed the AV1 reference encoder able to achieve 34%, 46% and 50% higher data compression compared to libvpx-vp9, x264 high profile, and x264 main profile respectively.

This is going to solve a massive problem. When we are near to 5G, there are still a lot of areas where people face slower internet. So it will give them a better experience with this as it will reduce the load time as Google is already planning to offer with YouTube.

However, this is not confirmed yet but it should be coming with the future release of Android 14 Device as there are a lot of things which can’t be supported on the existing device and meant for the Google Pixel 8 Series. Even Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 doesn’t support this on the other hand Samsung’s Exynos is capable of doing that.

Google might ask manufacturers to start bundling the AV1 compatibility or maybe making encoding mandatory. However, at the time of writing this article, it’s still unknown if Google is looking to do a single frame of AV1 video encoding with the hardware or software decoder.

At last, it will become mandatory or a must to use AV1 as streaming becomes widespread across mobile devices. And smartphone users base starts ramping up and the support for such codec is required in order to save cost on bandwidth.