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Growing number of Android 9 Pie devices with xHE-AAC ahead of MWC

February 22, 2019 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Events & Tradeshows, Products & Technologies
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In the run-up to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, an increasing number of smartphone manufacturers have announced the availability of the Android 9 Pie mobile operating system for their handsets: either as an update, or pre-installed on new models. The OS comes with new mandatory audio components, including Fraunhofer’s xHE-AAC audio codec and the MPEG-D DRC Loudness and Dynamic Range metadata standard.

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Video: A look back at CES 2019

February 13, 2019 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Automotive, Broadcasting, Communication, Events & Tradeshows, Good to know, Products & Technologies

Does it happen every so often that poor network connectivity causes your favorite streaming service to drop when you’re on the go? Do you regularly have problems listening to dialogues in TV shows because the ambience or music in the scene is too loud? Do you sometimes feel like your smart speaker could better understand your commands? Would you like to experience immersive sound in your car or your living room without having to install a huge setup of speakers? At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Fraunhofer IIS showcased audio technologies which present the solutions to these and other issues. In the following video, our experts give brief overviews about our exhibits, a number of which were CES debutants.

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Spatial Audio Designer integrates MPEG-H

January 30, 2019 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Good to know, Products & Technologies

New Audio Technology now offers a free upgrade for its Spatial Audio Designer (SAD) software, which includes complete support of MPEG-H Audio. SAD Version 2 is available for MacOS and Windows and supports the creation, authoring, monitoring and export of MPEG-H master files.

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MPEG-H Audio in a Nutshell

January 24, 2019 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Broadcasting, Good to know, Products & Technologies

Regular readers of this blog already know a lot about MPEG-H Audio, since we have been reporting on its progress here since 2014. However: as a short summary, and for those people who might have encountered the term and concept for the first time only recently, we have produced an animated short movie, explaining MPEG-H’s key features in vivid images.

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Sony Introduces All New “360 Reality Audio” Based on MPEG-H

January 10, 2019 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Products & Technologies
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At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Sony announced an all new music experience called “360 Reality Audio” that makes listeners feel as if they are immersed in sound from all directions. The new experience is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology.

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