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It was a good effort from Google but just too late to win that particular battle.

They needed H.264 for mobile, just like Firefox OS because Apple had already made that the de-facto standard. They obviously came to the same conclusion as Mozilla, but being corporation rather than a charity they had less reason to be forthcoming about the fact that they'd failed to achieve their aim.

But Google and Mozilla are both key to the future of royalty-free codecs with Opus, VP9, WebRTC etc. particularly via the coming global dominance of Android so I don't really see where the benefit of pointing fingers and finding traitors is, there's plenty of villains on the opposing side if you want someone to be angry at.




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