Starting this month, users will be experience an increased bit of quality in their Google+ Hangouts
video chat as result of the company switching over to a new form of video codec. The video codec itself isn't new, it having been released all the way back in 2010, but it's new to this Google system, and just as video chat begins to hit the likes of smartphones and tablets
with Hangouts, Google has let it be known that they'll be bringing a higher definition to the web as well. Speaking with Janko Roettgers of GigaOM
, Google's Vice President of Engineering Chee Chew let it be known that Google is switching from H.264 to the codec known as VP8.