Qualcomm Says Support for aptX HD Accelerating
Qualcomm today said more than 55 consumer products now include support for aptX HD, its high-quality Bluetooth audio codec. The aptX HD codec supports 24-bit music quality over Bluetooth and improves the signal-to-noise ratio, which results in lower background noise. Further, Qualcomm expects support for aptX HD to blossom over the next six months. For example, aptX HD is natively supported in Android 8 Oreo, and hardware such as the Snapdragon 845 processor, Qualcomm Bluetooth Audio CSR8675 and QCC5100 SoCs. Hardware makers that have adopted aptX HD include Bowers & Wilkins, Beyerdynamics, iRiver, Google, LG, Nura, Sony, OnePlus, Huawei, HTC, Sharp, NAIM, and PSB Speakers. Both the phone/tablet and the headphones/speakers need to support aptX HD in order for end users to experience the improved music quality.
Qualcomm Hopes USB-C DAC Dongle Will Alleviate Headphone Woes
Qualcomm today showed off the AQT1000, a tool that will help bridge the audio gap in devices that have a USB-C port but no 3.5mm headphone jack. The AQT1000 is an Aqstic Hi-Fi digital to analog converter (DAC).
Marshall Debuts the London, Its First Smartphone
Marshall Headphones today announced the London, an Android smartphone that puts music features in the front row. Marshall designed the phone to evoke the look and feel of its analog guitar amplifiers.
Qualcomm Hopes to Improve Bluetooth Audio with aptX HD
Qualcomm today announced aptX HD, an improved stereo music Bluetooth profile that delivers 24-bit playback. Qualcomm says aptX HD picks up where the standard aptX profile leaves off, offering a significant upgrade to wireless audio performance by improving fidelity.
Asus Shows Off the Zenfone 5 Series
Asus today revealed its new flagship series handsets, the Zenfone 5, Zenfone 5 Lite, and Zenfone 5z. All three phone run Android 8 Oreo with the new ZenUI 5.0 Zenfone 5 Lite / 5Q: Called the Zenfone 5Q in the US, this low end of the series has 2.5D curved class on the front and rear with a plastic frame in between.
Qualcomm Whispers About Active Noise Cancellation Chip
Qualcomm today said its latest Bluetooth audio system-on-a-chip is able to provide active noise cancellation for wireless headphones. The CSR8765 makes it possible for Bluetooth headphone designers to drop separate, dedicated active noise cancellation chips from their headsets and instead add the feature via the Bluetooth radio itself.