Android P's killer photo feature won't work on lower-end phones – CNET

Google's Android P

Google’s next phone software, called Android P for now, is available for testing.


The good news is that the next version of Google’s Android smartphone software, Android P, has a feature to shrink your photos to half the size of an ordinary JPEG. The bad news is there’s no guarantee that every phone will actually be able to use it.

That’s because of hardware and patent licensing limits on the technology used, called High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF). To get full benefits, phone makers will have to pay for high-end hardware and license patents to use it.

You may have heard the term last year, when Apple was championing the technology in iOS 11 and its latest iPhones. Now Google’s coming around to it. 

Halving the amount of storage space that photo files…

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