Sunnyvale, Calif. - Smartphone maker HTC is incorporating CSR's AptX audio codec in its new
of smartphones to improve the sound quality of music streamed from the phones via Bluetooth to AptX-equipped headphones and Bluetooth speaker systems, CSR announced.
The codec is among a series of music-related enhancements in the One-series phones, including the application of Beats music-enhancement technology across all music sources, such as YouTube, streaming music services and games, not just stored music. A new Music Hub feature lets users store music, music applications and streaming-music apps in one onscreen location.
The AptX codec is said to deliver CD-quality sound by eliminating the compressed-music artifacts that Bluetooth's SBC audio codec makes more noticeable when an MP3 file or other compressed-music file is transmitted wirelessly.
The HTC smartphones will also stream music in the AptX codec over Bluetooth to car stereo systems via HTC's Car StereoClip, a Bluetooth dongle that incorporates AptX and plugs into the 3.5mm aux in jack of a car stereo head unit.
U.S. carriers marketing HTC One series phones include T-Mobile, which
of the HTC One S at $199 through T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers, national retailers and the carrier's website. It features 4G HSPA+48 technology.
For its part, AT&T
of the HTC One X at $199 with 4G LTE and 4G HSPA+21. The lower-priced One S will be available through a variety of U.S. carriers, though specific dates haven't been announced.
develops silicon and software solutions for the automotive navigation and infotainment, digital camera and imaging, connected home infotainment and wireless audio markets.