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

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , |

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. After initially being available as an update for Google Pixel devices as well as for the Essential Phone, at least 13 manufacturers have announced or rolled out Android 9 Pie updates with xHE-AAC, and a growing number of OEM devices have the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system pre-installed.… Read the full article

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Video: A look back at CES 2019

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.… Read the full article

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DRM’s Progress in India

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

India is currently rolling out the largest digital radio deployment worldwide, as the public service broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is upgrading the country’s terrestrial broadcast infrastructure for the future. The broadcast standard of choice for this project is Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), the universal, open digital broadcasting standard for all coverage needs. DRM ensures an efficient and complete digitization of radio in India, no matter if the services are local or regional, nationwide or even international, and with the latest features such as Journaline advanced text services and service selection via station logo.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer IIS to Present Several CES Debuts

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At CES 2019, which takes place in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11, 2019, Fraunhofer IIS will present its latest developments in audio and media technologies, including a series of CES debuts: the first commercially available MPEG-H-enabled 3D soundbars, Sonamic Loudness for car stereos, the xHE-AAC audio codec natively supported in Android, and upHear Voice Quality Enhancement for improved speech recognition on smart devices. CES visitors can experience these technologies and more at the Fraunhofer booth 20236, located in South Hall 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).… Read the full article

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xHE-AAC and MPEG-D DRC Mandatory for Android Pie Devices

By | August 24th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Earlier this month, Google announced the general availability of Android 9 “Pie”, along with the first devices incorporating the latest release of Google’s mobile operating system. Android Pie comes with a string of major upgrades in terms of audio playback, since the Extended High-Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) audio codec and MPEG-D DRC Loudness and Dynamic Range metadata, both substantially developed by Fraunhofer IIS, are mandatory components of the operating system. The xHE-AAC implementation used by default in Android Pie has been provided by Fraunhofer IIS and is available as part of the FDK2 AAC Codec Library for Android.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer’s xHE-AAC Audio Codec Software Extends Native AAC Support In Android P For Better Quality At Low Bitrates

By | June 8th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With the release of the Android P Developer Preview 3 (Beta 2), Fraunhofer IIS announces a new version of the popular FDK library which has been a part of Android since 2012. The FDK2 version will bring several new technologies to Android OEMs, service providers and developers, including xHE-AAC for video and music delivery down to 12kbit/s for stereo sound and MPEG-D DRC dynamic range control for better listening in noisy environments. The latest version of the MPEG AAC audio codec, xHE-AAC, will extend the usable stereo bitrate range of AAC – from as low as 12 kbit/s up to 300 kbit/s, enabling subscription video on demand (SVOD) and streaming music distributors to globally offer a better, more reliable consumer experience over congested networks and particularly in regions where consumers still rely on 2G or 3G connections.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer IIS Showcasing Radio Mitre xHE-AAC Live Stream at CES

By | January 9th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

At CES 2018, Fraunhofer IIS booth visitors can check out the benefits of xHE-AAC (Extended HE-AAC), the most advanced audio codec for digital radio and streaming, by listening to a 16 kbit/s livestream from Buenos Aires-based Radio Mitre. The station, founded in 1925 and part of the Grupo Clarín media house, is the most popular radio station in Argentina. Tests conducted by Radio Mitre in and around Buenos Aires showed that the use of xHE-AAC – compared to HE-AAC v2 – reduced streaming downtime in areas with bad network connectivity by approximately 60%, and also reduced the average number of playout interruptions.… Read the full article

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News from the Digital Radio World – Part 2

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , |

Last week we reported about current developments in digital radio in Europe. In today’s article, we will look at the expansion of digital radio in other continents, with focus on India. At the end of January, India launched the second phase of the largest digital radio rollout worldwide with the broadcast standard of choice being Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM). DRM offers the same services and functions as DAB+, but as opposed to DAB+, it is not a multiplex with many programs in a broadband emitting signal, but rather the direct digital successor of analogue AM and FM broadcast, with one emitting signal per broadcaster.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer Prize 2016: Digital Radio for the World

By | May 10th, 2016|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Digital radio makes spherics and crackling interference in radio broadcast a thing of the past. New technologies from Fraunhofer IIS make it possible for digital radio to replace analogue short and medium wave broadcasting around the world. Even local FM transmissions are being converted to digital. As a result, Digital radio listeners benefit from clear reception, a wider range of programming, and additional information via data services without having to pay for a costly Internet connection. Alexander Zink, researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS based in Erlangen, Germany, would like to provide clarification around a common misunderstanding: »Digital radio works the same way as terrestrial FM radio via air waves, but with better quality, more variety and innovative extra features.… Read the full article

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