Google’s WebP vs JPEG

JPEG is the image processing technology and it stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, which can reduce the files sizes up to 5% of their normal size but some detail is lost in the compression process.

WebP (pronounced as “weppy”) is a method of the lossy compression technology that can be used on images. The format of WebP images are VP8 and RIFF images.

Today, JPEG image format is the most commonly used image format all around the world and it’s been used for even more than a decade. Now it’s has been working really great. But just recently, Google wanted to revolutionize the concept of viewing the still images through a new technology called WebP. Google believes that around 65% of the total data on internet is in the form of images and near about 80% of these images are in basic JPEG format. This seems to be the most probable reason that led Google to come up with the new technology of image format.

The WebP is a new image format launched by Google and it claims to generate 40% smaller image files size than JPEG and also comes up with significant difference in the image quality. With this new revolutionary image format, Google expects a faster image and data transfers over the internet.

Now, Let us try to evaluate the similarities as well as the differences between JPEG and Google’s new WebP image format:

1. Just like the JPEG image format, the WebP format also allows its users to trade off the image quality for file size

2. The WebP also uses a lossy compression methodology just like the JPEG format and does not perfectly reproduced the original image, although it keeps it as true as the original when viewed by us.

3. Unlike JPEG, WebP does not come as a built- in feature with every camera.

For some true reasons, the JPEG format of image dominates on the web as well as on other related devices such. And with the new image format WebP, it seems that Google is trying to chase JPEG.

Google is trying its best to take the lead. Apparently, Google is also trying to communicate with other browsers and websites to promote the WebP support. The use of WebP image formats on websites will result in a faster browsing experience for everyone.

Apart from that, recently Google has also released its WebM video format. It has a definite advantage for video format support on websites because of its popular You Tube website. However, when it comes to images, Google does not have the same advantage with WebP.

The main advantage of WebP image format over Jpeg is the noticeable reduction in file size. This will surely going to increase the capabilities of websites and provide a faster browsing experience ever.

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