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April 29, 2008

QSound Labs Selected by Symbian OS

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

QSound Labs (News - Alert), specializing in audio and voice software solutions, has announced that its mQFX and QSurroundMobile technologies will be available as reference components on Symbian (News - Alert) OS.

Symbian OS developer and customer kits will include mQFX for 3D stereo audio enhancement effects and QSurroundMobile, a multichannel audio virtualization technology that can be used for test and demonstration purposes.
QSound’s mQFX and QSurroundMobile are capable of providing more functionality for Symbian OS mobile phones offering a much better listening experience for multimedia content.
Symbian OS is an open operating system for advanced and data-enabled mobile phones called smartphones.
QSound technologies offers a small memory footprint and efficient processing requirements and are used by handset manufacturers like Samsung (News - Alert), LG and Lenovo and others.
“This partnership reflects our ongoing penetration in the mobile audio technology market and our commitment to further enhance our mobile strategy,” said David Gallagher, CEO of QSound. “By collaborating with Symbian, we can expand our audio and multimedia solutions and strengthen our relationships with Symbian application developers, handset manufacturers and carriers.”
Tony Newpower, Director of OS Product Area Management at Symbian said, “QSound’s audio technology is already used by a number of our customers which is a testament to its quality and feature set. Partnering with companies such as QSound will help fuel the development of audio applications and multimedia solutions for mobile phones.”
The inclusion of QSound mQFX and QSurroundMobile as reference components within Symbian OS enables Symbian to offer customers best in class technology, lower integration costs and a fully verified implementation that takes lesser time to reach the market.

Technologies offered by QSound include virtual surround sound, 3D positional audio, stereo enhancement and MIDI Synthesis for mobile devices, consumer electronics, PC/multimedia and Internet markets.
Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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