WebM isn’t just bringing us open streaming video support; thanks to its fastidious FAQ it’s also letting us know when the next version of the Android OS is due. The Android “Gingerbread” release is apparently expected to drop in Q4 2010, bringing with it WebM support; however we don’t yet know what release version it will be – both Android 2.3 and Android 3.0 have been suggested – nor what other functionality will be included.
WebM is an open-source video system based on the VP8 video codec and Ogg Vorbis audio. It’s the new format-of-choice for YouTube, and multiple hardware and software companies have announced support for it. More details here.
Of course, we’re waiting for Android 2.2 to get its official launch, something expected to take place at Google IO this morning. That’s believed to include native tethering support and a significant speed boost, among other things.
[via Android Community]