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. Typically, music streamed to wireless speakers via Bluetooth is sent in a single signal to one speaker, which then rebroadcasts it to the second speaker. This is often managed through an application that consumers control on their phone. With Qualcomm's technology, a single phone can send the individual music streams directly to each speaker or bud, eliminating the in-between piece of hardware or need to re-broadcast the signal between them. The benefit is reduced power drain for the target Bluetooth speakers or buds. Qualcomm is streaming music through the aptX HD codec for high-quality playback. Qualcomm says companies will need to use the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform and its proprietary APIs to enable this feature in phones, headphones, and speakers.
Snapdragon 845 Boasts Advanced Imaging Tools and AI Smarts
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Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, its flagship system-on-a-chip for 2018. Qualcomm expects the module to form the core of next year's top smartphones, which it will endow with multimedia smarts for both audio and video.
Samsung Refreshes Gear IconX Headphones with Better Battery Life
Aug 30, 2017
Samsung today announced the Gear IconX 2018 wireless earbuds. These Bluetooth headphones are separate buds that come in a charging case.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 Brings AI Smarts to Camera and Multimedia Apps In a Powerful SoC
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Qualcomm Hopes USB-C DAC Dongle Will Alleviate Headphone Woes
Dec 7, 2017
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).
Google Debuts Wireless Headphones with Real-Time Translation
Oct 4, 2017
Google today announced the Pixel Buds, Bluetooth headphones that provide direct access to Google Assistant. All the controls are available through a capacitive touch surface on the right earbud, which supports tapping and swiping gestures.