Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Comprehensive Guide to WebP

WebP (pronounced "weppy") is an ambitious and promising new image format that was created by a team at Google back in September of 2010, but browser adoption has been slow.  At the time of this writing the only major browsers that support WebP are Chrome and Opera, even though support in native applications is strong (albeit with plugins in many cases).  In this article I want to present an unbiased, holistic view of the WebP landscape as it stands today.  My end goal is to further the conversation about alternate image formats and image compression on the web, because I believe it is one of the biggest opportunities for making web browsing faster across all devices and networks.