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Android Supported Media Formats

The Core Media Formats table below describes the media format support built into the Android platform. Note that any given mobile device may provide support for additional formats or file types not listed in the table.

For your convenience, the table T-Mobile G1 Media Formats describes additional media formats and characteristics provided by the T-Mobile G1 device. Other devices may support additional formats not listed on this page.

As an application developer, you are free to make use of any media codec that is available on any Android-powered device, including those provided by the Android platform and those that are device-specific.

Core Media Formats

Type Format Encoder Decoder Details File Type(s) Supported
Audio AAC LC/LTP   X Mono/Stereo content in any combination of standard bit rates up to 160 kbps and sampling rates from 8 to 48kHz 3GPP (.3gp) and MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4a). No support for raw AAC (.aac)
HE-AACv1 (AAC+)   X
HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)   X
AMR-NB X X 4.75 to 12.2 kbps sampled @ 8kHz 3GPP (.3gp)
AMR-WB   X 9 rates from 6.60 kbit/s to 23.85 kbit/s sampled @ 16kHz 3GPP (.3gp)
MP3   X Mono/Stereo 8-320Kbps constant (CBR) or variable bit-rate (VBR) MP3 (.mp3)
MIDI   X MIDI Type 0 and 1. DLS Version 1 and 2. XMF and Mobile XMF. Support for ringtone formats RTTTL/RTX, OTA, and iMelody Type 0 and 1 (.mid, .xmf, .mxmf). Also RTTTL/RTX (.rtttl, .rtx), OTA (.ota), and iMelody (.imy)
Ogg Vorbis   X   Ogg (.ogg)
PCM/WAVE   X 8- and 16-bit linear PCM (rates up to limit of hardware) WAVE (.wav)
Image JPEG X X Base+progressive JPEG (.jpg)
GIF   X   GIF (.gif)
PNG   X   PNG (.png)
BMP   X   BMP (.bmp)
Video H.263 X X   3GPP (.3gp) and MPEG-4 (.mp4)
H.264 AVC X   3GPP (.3gp) and MPEG-4 (.mp4)
MPEG-4 SP   X   3GPP (.3gp)

T-Mobile G1 Media Formats and Characteristics

The table below lists media formats supported by the T-Mobile G1 in addition to those provided as part of the Android platform. This table also details G1-specific performance characteristics of some Android core media formats.

Type Format Encoder Decoder Comment File Type(s) Supported
Audio WMA   X Supports WMA standard L1-L3:
  • L1: 64 kbps - 161 kbps @ 44.1kHz
  • L2: <=161 kbps <=48 kHz
  • L3: <385 kbps <=48 kHz
Mono and stereo profiles with 16-bits per sample. Decoder does not support WMA Pro, Lossless, or Speech codecs.
Windows Media Audio (.wma)
Video WMV   X Versions 7, 8 and 9. Simple profile only Windows Media Video (.wmv)
H.264 AVC   X On the G1, this decoder is limited to baseline profile up to 480x320, and 600 kbps average bitrate for the video stream. 3GPP (.3gp) and MPEG-4 (.mp4)
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