– 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.
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.
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.
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