This is highly significant because one of the largest proponents of H.264 is Apple. The codec is specifically used within iOS for most of the video functionality.
With the competition between iOS and Android growing, one can’t help but wonder the main reasons behind this move.
According to the blog post, this particular move was done for the following reasons:
Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
Of course, if “open innovation” really is the main goal, then why is Flash going to be continued to be baked into the browser?
With Flash being a closed platform and Google attempting to foster openness, it seems more driven by strategy of business rather than the ethics of software.
Weigh in: what are your thoughts?