Qualcomm's aptX and aptX HD Codecs Go Free for Android
Qualcomm's aptX and aptX HD audio codecs have been made available as open source software for Android devices.
This is expected to have a major impact on the wireless audio industry, as manufacturers and developers can now use these codecs without any licensing fees or restrictions.
The aptX and aptX HD codecs are designed to improve the quality of wireless audio transmission by compressing the audio signal in a way that retains more of the original data than other codecs. The aptX HD codec is capable of transmitting 24-bit high-resolution audio with a sampling rate of up to 48kHz, while the standard aptX codec can transmit CD-quality audio.
Previously, only a limited number of devices had access to the codecs due to licensing agreements with Qualcomm. With the codecs now available as open source software, any Android device can use them without any restrictions.
One of the key benefits of the aptX and aptX HD codecs is their ability to reduce latency in the audio signal. This is particularly important for gaming and video applications where even a small delay in the audio signal can cause issues for users. The codecs also support high-quality audio playback, even when streaming wirelessly.
The move by Qualcomm to make the aptX and aptX HD codecs open source is likely to encourage more manufacturers and developers to adopt these codecs in their products. This will result in a wider range of devices supporting high-quality wireless audio transmission, providing better listening experiences for users.
The availability of Qualcomm's aptX and aptX HD codecs as open source software is a significant development in the wireless audio industry. It is expected to drive innovation and improve the quality of wireless audio transmission across a range of devices.
With the codecs now freely available to use, it is likely that more manufacturers and developers will adopt them, leading to better listening experiences for users.