aptX Adaptive codec is Qualcomm’s new step towards better Bluetooth audio

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated 31 Aug 2018
aptX Adaptive codec is Qualcomm’s new step towards better Bluetooth audio
  • The new codec is said to dynamically select between aptX HD and aptX low latency to deliver better audio quality.

As smartphone manufacturers are ditching the audio jack, the popluace is beign ushered towards a wireless era whther we like it or not. There’s no doubt that one will experience better audio quality with a wired medium, but there’s work to be done in order to get closer to the same level of quality using wireless means. Qualcomm has announced the new aptX Adaptive technology, which is aimed at reaching this goal. The new codec is an amalgamation of aptX HD, which is said to delivering HD sound quality, and aptX low latency that is meant for scenarios like better audio-video sync while watching a movie or gaming. 

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Qualcomm says that the new aptX Adaptive codec is dynamically adjustable and can switch between delivering the highest possible audio quality and low bitrate with low latency when needed. It also takes the external RF interference into account to provide “optimum audio quality or latency depending on the type of content being played on the device.” “aptX Adaptive is advancing our industry as it is designed to deliver audio quality that matches wired performance across a wide range of sources and to provide consumers with the immersive wireless listening experience they are looking for,” said Anthony Murray, senior VP and general manager, voice & music, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. “With this new product, listeners don’t have to do anything while aptX Adaptive dynamically adjusts performance to best deliver exceptional audio whether the user is playing games or listening a song.”

The aptX Adaptive decoder is slated to be made available for customers on the Qualcomm CSRA68100 and the Qualcomm QCC5100 series Bluetooth Audio SoCs from September 2018. Another version of the codec will be made available for smartphones and tablets running on Android P from December 2018. It should be noted that iPhone users won't be able to experience the technology as it does not support AptX and the new update will be useful only for Android devices. One can check their headphone box or visit the aptX website to figure out if their device supports AptX. 

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