Qualcomm Debuts AllPlay for Wireless Media Streaming
Qualcomm recently announced AllPlay, its own solution for streaming media from devices such as smartphones to home theater equipment. The technology behind AllPlay is Qualcomm's Alljoyn software framework. It will offer an SDK to hardware equipment makers and app developers so that phones can talk to receivers, speakers, and other products via Wi-Fi. Qualcomm is offering tools for the Android and iOS platforms, but not Windows Phone yet. AllPlay supports two different speaker zones with their own, independent volume controls, and will feature native integration with popular music services' mobile apps, such as Rhapsody. It also supports both local and cloud-based content streaming. Qualcomm expects to make the AllPlay SDK available by the end of the year. The technology will compete with Apple's AirPlay and Google's Chromecasting.
Google Home Speaker Now Bluetooth Compatible
Google updated its Google Home speaker with the ability to connect to Bluetooth devices. The search giant first announced the feature at its I/O developer conference earlier this year and has just now enabled the functionality.
HTC 10 First Android Phone to License Apple's AirPlay
The HTC 10 smartphone, which runs Android, is the first to officially license Apple's AirPlay media streaming technology. The phone ships with a wide range of media streaming protocols as part of its HTC Connect software feature, including Google's ChromeCast, Qualcomm's Miracast, DLNA, and DisplayPort.
Qualcomm's Bluetooth 5.0 Broadcast Requires Special APIs
Qualcomm today said its Snapdragon 845 processor can broadcast music to two devices, such as speakers, without requiring an in-between piece of hardware. According to Peter Carson, senior director of product marketing at Qualcomm, this feature relies on proprietary technology on both the software and the hardware side.
Qualcomm's Broadcast Audio and TrueWireless Stereo Promise to Make Bluetooth Buds Way Better
Qualcomm today introduced two improvements to audio technology that should improve the experience of listening to music wirelessly. First, Broadast Audio will let people stream Bluetooth to more devices.
Qualcomm Brings Machine Learning to Snapdragon 820
Smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor are about to get a boost in intelligence. Qualcomm today introduced the Neural Processing Engine SDK for Snapdragon 820, which will allow smartphone makers to add their own machine learning programs to devices with the 820 aboard.