First, there is a great need to understand that what exactly WebP means? So, it is a method of loss and lossless confinement which is useful for different types of photographic, crystalline and graphical images found on the web.
WebP format is so popular because it can guarantee an average of 30% more specific compression than JPEG and JPEG 2000, without loss of image quality. This format mainly focuses at generating smaller, better looking images that can help in increasing the speed of the web browser. It can also be beneficial for the consumers who pay for bandwidth as in a small bandwidth, now users can send more data.
Web browsers that have inbuilt support of WebP are given below:
- Google Chrome 17+
- Google Chrome for Android version 25+
- Opera 11.10+
- Native web browser, Android 4.0+ (ICS)
- WebP lossy, lossless & alpha support
- Google Chrome 23+
- Google Chrome for Android version 25+
- Opera 12.10+
- Native web browser, Android 4.2+ (JB-MR1)
- Pale Moon 26+
- WebP Animation support
- Google Chrome (desktop and Android) 32+
- Opera 19+
How to Activate WebP Support in Microsoft Edge Browsers
To activate this feature in Microsoft edge browser follows these steps:
Step 1: Visit the Microsoft store and search for WebP Image Extensions.
Step2: Add and install the application in your device.
Step 3: Now, it becomes possible for the user to view WebP photographs Microsoft Edge. But the condition is that the user must have Home windows 10 1803 installed in their device which permits and make this extension operative.
Note: This feature can only be operative when it senses that the embedded photographs within the WebP format are mostly unfiltered by the host.
Although Microsoft struggles a lot to make its browser an edge for Windows 10 but it still far behind in the market share from Chrome and Firefox which is a great disappointment for Microsoft Company.
WebP is Google’s alternative smaller image format to that of JPEGs or PNGs.
You can download it here from Microsoft Store.
Webp support for each browser
Chrome WebP Support:
There are basically two types of WebP support that a browser can provide:
- Full Support
- Partial Support: It clearly indicates that lossless and alpha version of WebP is not supported. Officially, WebP support is owned by Google Chrome since Chrome 23 and partial support since Chrome 9.
Google’s Android browser has officially had WebP support since 4.2 and partial support since Android browser version 4. Google’s Chrome for Android browser has had WebP support since Chrome 50.
- Opera provide WebP support since Opera 12.1 and partial support since Opera 11.5.
- Opera’s mini browser officially supports WebP in all their current verions.
Firefox doesn’t support WebP format as discussed on the Mozilla forums in bug 1294490.
Internet Explorer WebP:
Internet Explorer and their new Edge browser, both do not support WebP image format extension. And there is no updated information on adding this feature at this point.
Apple’s Safari browser and their iOS Safari browser both don’t support WebP. However, there was a recent hope that they could possibly be adding WebP support in Safari in iOS 10. IOS 10 is currently in beta version, so this new feature will definitely be updated after some time.
Other than this, still there are some browsers that do not take the advantageous feature of Google WebP for smaller and enhanced images. For example Edge Browser.
There are a few other things to consider while using WebP image format, such as browser market share, your current traffic, and WebP file sizes as compared to PNGs and JPEGs. Some of them are discussed below:
1. Browser Market Share
Since Chrome and Opera have WebP image format support so there is need to know some stats collection from a few different sources as they each collect data in their own way.
Chrome holds around 58% of the market share, and Firefox comes in second at around 16%.
Chrome on an average contributes about 59% of the browser market share. So it is important to realize that if the user adds WebP images to their project or websites, a majority of viewers will eventually see that versions. Opera only contribute a small portion of the market share, but they will also follow the same.
2. Google Analytics
For the majority of people, browser market share is leaning towards Chrome for Google Analytics. For example below, almost 70% of the traffic is coming from Chrome. So in this type of scenario, WebP could be very beneficial, as it indicates 70% of the viewers will eventually be delivered very small size files.
3. WebP File Sizes
- WebP delivered 85.87% compression in average JPG image size. So load times decreased by 11% and the total weight of the page is decreased by 29%.
- WebP delivered 42.8% compression in average PNG image size. So load times decreased by 3% and the total weight of page decreased by 25%.