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Google Glass for Dogs

Google Glass for Dogs

California – giant, Google, is reportedly planning to develop Google Glass for working dogs.
According to a report quoted by the New York Post, Google has teamed up with the Georgia Institute of Technology to develop a wearable computer system. The system can give your dog an easier way to communicate with their owners. Or even a dog owner can see what is seen by the dog.
Project called FIDO (Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations) is
can make a dog bite or other means, to enable the sensor can send the information to the owner.
Google Glass is expected to be widely released in the market in 2014. Google technical leadership Glass, Thad Starner, has teamed up with professors at Goergia Institute to develop a computerized benefits to help working dogs.
Assistant Professor Melody Jackson said, dogs have been tested for use Google Glass that can activate the sensor by using his mouth. Jackson added Google Glass being studied to be used for a dangerous affair, such as detecting bombs.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: Vivid screen barely outshines slow performance

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: Vivid screen barely outshines slow performance

The good: The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 rocks an impressively colorful screen, features a bevy of useful customization options, and comes in at a budget price.

The bad: Its performance is mediocre and the touch screen is sometimes unresponsive. The plastic build gives it a toy-like feel and it isn’t very comfortable to hold. The dull design lacks panache.

The bottom line: For those looking to save a buck, for its low price, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 has a bevy of useful features, though there are better performing options out there.

With the Asus Memo Pad HD 7, you really get what you pay for. The HD 7 earns its low price with a lackluster design and sluggish performance. It’s not very comfortable to hold for long periods of time, and aside from being offered in a variety of different colors, lacks a coolness other tablets try hard to aspire to.

Its performance is meekly mediocre, and consistent lagging combined with a sometimes unresponsive touch screen make the tablet best suited for simple tasks like browsing and reading.

That said, the HD 7 is a refreshing upgrade from its predecessor and its best feature is the 7-inch IPS screen that displays an impressively wide range of colors which facilitate a visually richer experience than the original Nexus 7.

If you’re on a strict budget, the Asus Memo Pad is an inexpensive and functional small tablet, but if you can spare the change, a new Nexus 7 is the better choice.

Design
Even though the tablet shares similar dimensions with the Nexus 7, it’s nowhere near as sleek or comfortable in design. The tablet fits fine in one hand, even for people with smaller hands like me, yet, despite its light weight, the design doesn’t lend itself to comfortable holding over lengthy periods of time.

The back panel protrudes slightly, and the corners slightly dig into your palms when holding it in both hands, instead of the flush, smoothly curved edges of the original Nexus 7. I often found myself wanting to put the device down after using it for awhile — not because I was done using it — but because holding it became tiresome.

The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 comes in navy blue, white, hot pink, and lime green. The navy blue version is the only one that has a back with a matte finish. The dark shade of blue attracts a minimal amount of fingerprints that are only highly visible from certain angles. The back panel is smooth and comfortable to the touch but can be a bit slippery without a tight grip.

In comparison, the reflective plastic backsides of the other colors looks less chic, but its texture helps one grip the device significantly better than the matte finish does. I personally prefer a back panel with a grippier texture, like the Nexus 7 (2012), because it enhances my comfort level in a way that extends the amount of time I can hold the device.

Since they’re both made by Asus, the Memo Pad HD 7 and the Nexus 7 (2012) share similar design elements. The power button and volume rocker on the right edge look almost identical in shape, while the rear speakers are similarly located towards the bottom edge of the tablet.

The front of the tablet is typically simple, with an Asus logo on the bottom bezel and a front-facing camera on the top. There is no ambient light sensor, therefore no automatic brightness setting.

The Memo Pad HD 7’s headphone jack, microphone pinhole, and Micro-USB port are all located on the top edge, with the microSD expansion slot — which is expandable up to 32GB — around the corner on the left edge. There are no ports on the bottom edge, but the speaker sits on the bottom of the tablet’s back, keeping the 5-megapixel rear camera on top company.

Asus Application Suite
The tablet comes loaded with the Asus Application Suite and features apps that range from useful to creative. The simple additions include a calendar, to-do list, and file manager, and it comes with 16GB of Asus WebStorage cloud service for one year.

Some of the apps that are geared towards family use include App Locker, which allows you to put passwords on specific apps; Asus Artists, where you can create “paintings” or greeting cards; and Asus Story, which helps you organize your photos into albums, or as they call them, “stories.”

The tablet comes with Power Saver, a battery saving feature that comes in handy if you’re trying to squeeze the most out of a low battery.

The custom mode lets you pick the specific functions that the power-saving option affects. For example, you can set a low screen brightness for listening to music, a higher one for watching video, and no power-saving function for reading books. When enabled, it significantly helped extend the battery life when it was low and the highly customizable options.

Floating apps
One of the most interesting and useful features on the tablet is the floating menu. On the Android navigation bar, there’s a button to the left of the back button that activates the floating menu.

When activated, a small menu pops up above the navigation bar that contains a selection of floating apps that you can quickly access without having to close whatever app you’re currently using. Since the apps “float” on the screen, on top of whatever is already open, it’s almost like a multiwindow option, but they can only perform simple tasks and can’t compare to the multiwindow functions that the Microsoft Surface or some of the Samsung Galaxy tablets provide.

Floating apps are an easy way to multitask, and I liked the ability to use the browser while watching video, but not all streaming video services continue to play while a floating app is open. With the exception of a few floating apps, including the calculator and compass, Netflix did not let me use most of the floating apps while simultaneously watching video, although YouTube did.

Despite providing an easy way to multitask, the floating apps don’t have the same functionality as the fullscreen app and are limited in their capabilities; the YouTube app only shows recommended videos — you can’t search — and the Twitter app displays only one tweet at a time. There is a limited amount of floating apps, and although the floating menu is customizable, not all downloaded apps have the ability to be floating ones.

Speaker features
The Memo Pad HD 7 houses stereo speakers with Asus SonicMaster audio technology and Audio Wizard software. Although the speakers aren’t great, the number of specific audio settings are. The tablet allows you to manually adjust separate volume settings for app audio, notifications, and alarms.

Acer’s New Z3-605 Available in Canada: Comfort, Control and Crisp Audio All in One

Acer’s New Z3-605 Available in Canada: Comfort, Control and Crisp Audio All in One

Acer America today announced that its Acer Aspire Z3-605 Series all-in-one (AIO) desktops delivering crisp sound and a clean design are now available for consumers in Canada. The new series includes two 3W front-facing Harman Kardon speakers that leverage thorough and precise scientific methods to accurately produce crystal-clear audio that’s as close to the original recording as possible. In addition, Dolby®Home Theater® v4 audio features optimized digital output technologies for delivering music, movies and games in dynamic surround sound.

“Integrating Harman Kardon speakers is an important milestone and showcases Acer innovation and technology leadership,” said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer. “Acer is the first in the market to bring Harman Kardon premium sound to a mainstream all-in-one desktop, setting a new standard. The Aspire Z3-605 delivers a dynamic, high-quality audio experience for music and movie lovers and furthers convenience and comfort with an ergonomic and adjustable frame and webcam.”

Boasting an ergonomic chassis, easy operation and optimized sound, this platform is built to offer an enjoyable computing experience and a digital centerpiece for the home. The Aspire Z3-605 Series comes with a 23-inch 1080p Full HD display. The understated look and feel provides a neat, uncluttered appearance and smart ergonomics ensure easy viewing.

Primed for Comfort

Thanks to the chassis’ 10 to 30 degree tilt adjustment, users can find the best angle for watching a film or playing a game. In addition, the integrated 1MP HD Webcam with 720p image capture can be adjusted between 0-20 degrees, affording users the ability to find the best position for comfortably chatting with friends or family.

Convenient Control Via Touch and Hand Gestures

Select models feature a Full HD IPS display with 10-point capacitive touch technology. The IPS panel delivers consistent images, colours and brightness from all viewing angles up to 178 degrees, a significant advantage for group viewing. These models also offer integrated hand recognition software that reads human gestures for easily controlling the Windows 8 user interface and cursor from a distance.

The unique capsule-shaped port bay on the front of the chassis groups together the on-screen display (OSD) button, SD card reader, USB 3.0 and 2-in-1 combo audio jack, for easy reach. To enhance the clean design, the stand has hooks to keep cables neat and the desk tidy, while Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n eliminate messy wires.

The Aspire Z3-605 Series is primed for power with Windows 8, up to an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, as much as 8GB DDR3 dual-channel memory and a 1TB(1) hard drive. Offering excellent connectivity, these AIOs come with an HDMI port for attaching a gaming console or television and two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports link the systems to peripherals and digital devices. An integrated SuperMulti optical drive enables DVD movie viewing as well as the burning of music and photos to CDs.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Aspire Z3-605 Series all-in-one desktops will be available at leading retailers with a limited one-year warranty(2) and a starting price of $699.99 CAD without touch and $799.99 CAD with touch.

Acer is the No. 1 vendor in Canada for notebooks and the country’s No. 3 overall PC provider.(3)More information about Acer and its products in Canada can be found at www.acer.ca.

About Acer
Established in 1976, Acer is an information and communication technology company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale and support of innovative products that enhance people’s lives. Acer’s green supply chain delivers environmentally friendly PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets and smartphones — tools our customers need to explore beyond limits and experience more. Ranked No. 3 for notebooks globally,(4) Acer employs 8,000 people, and 2012 revenues reached US$14.7 billion. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

About Harman Kardon
Harman designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

© 2013 Acer America Corp. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail prices and may vary by location. Applicable sales tax extra. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available though all sales channels.

1) Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes
2) Limited warranty agreement applies. For a copy, write to Acer Customer Service, P.O. Box 6137, Temple, TX 76503.
3) IDC Q1 2013
4) IDC 2012

Google Nexus Ready to Use Android 4.3

Google Nexus Ready to Use Android 4.3

California – Google announced the Android 4.3 operating system in a Google event in San Francisco on July 24, 2013. Android 4.3 will be used on the Google Nexus 7 new and old.
Since the announcement of Android 4.3, the operating system on a tablet computer Google Nexus 7, 10 and Nexus smartphone Google Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus will be upgraded to Android 4.3, said Hugo Barra, vice president of product manjemen Android.
While the mobile operating system of the Samsung Galaxy S4 edition of Google Play and HTC will also be enhanced, Barra stated.
Barra did not say when the other Android devices can get Android 4.3. At the operating system is not much change. There is only a little extra on the software. For example, the profile Multi-User Restricted, Smart Bluetooth technology and the higher graphics capabilities thanks to Open GLES 3.0.
Officially, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is still in version. In accordance with the changes only slightly. This means, the fans still have to wait for Google’s Android operating system Key Lime Pie.

Ultrabook Not Be Superhero?

Ultrabook Not Be Superhero?

Intel aggressively promote thin laptop “Ultrabook” which recently has begun equipped with a touch screen. Products “2-in-1 ‘was introduced, with various forms of” magic “that can be changed from laptop to tablet and vice versa.

But all of that as not enough to subvert the glory of Apple’s MacBook Air as the pioneer and the most sought after consumer thin laptops, at least for the U.S. market.

In Uncle Sam’s, as revealed by research agency NPD report cited by Cnet, controlled 56 percent of the MacBook Air slim laptop sales during the first five months of 2013.

The remaining 44 percent is divided between partners-manufacturers Intel Ultrabook.

The latest generation MacBook Air (model 2013) also received positive feedback thanks to the durability of the battery reaches a dozen hours and expected to help maintain the market dominance of these devices in a thin laptop.

It should be noted that the battery life of the MacBook Air in 2013 made ​​possible by the Core 4th Generation of Intel. Thus, the processor manufacturers also benefit from the success of the MacBook Air.

But stronghold Windows laptop was not keep silent. In last week’s Build conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the hybrid device (2-in-1) with touch screen feature will eliminate the need to carry laptops and tablets separately.

On the other hand, Apple considers that the touchscreen is more suitable to be applied to the iPad than a laptop. Most consumers seem to agree.

ManageEngine Previews Citrix Xen Virtualization Support in Applications Manager, OpManager

ManageEngine Previews Citrix Xen Virtualization Support in Applications Manager, OpManager

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today will preview the Xen virtualization support in OpManager, its network performance management and data center monitoring software, and in Applications Manager, its application performance monitoring solution. The move lets application developers and IT operations teams in large enterprises monitor Citrix Xen hosts and virtual machines (VMs) for availability, performance and XenMotion activity. Live demonstrations of Xen support in Applications Manager and OpManager are available at http://demo.appmanager.com and http://xendemo.opmanager.com, respectively.

ManageEngine made today’s announcement at the Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG) Summer Slam 2013 being held today in Brunswick, Maine. A sponsor of the event, the company will demonstrate the forthcoming Xen features in Applications Manager and OpManager. In addition, ManageEngine’s Rakesh Inbaraj will lead a breakout session, “Application Visibility – A Recipe for Conducting Successful Virtualization Projects,” at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Dev Anand, director of product management at ManageEngine, said, “Though initially adopted only by service providers and hosting providers, Citrix XenServer has emerged as a staple in small and medium enterprises in recent years. OpManager and Applications Manager already support VMware and Hyper-V servers, and adding XenServer monitoring support to the mix was the next logical step in our hypervisor coverage.”

ManageEngine Embraces Xen

ManageEngine provides virtualization management on three fronts. For application developers, Applications Manager delivers a holistic view of app performance, end-user experience and Apdex score along with the underlying XenServer health. Meanwhile, data center or enterprise IT infrastructure managers can monitor their network, server and virtualization components via OpManager. Finally, CIOs and data center managers will find an integrated view of the network, server and storage; application performance; and end-user experience levels by using OpManager and its Application Monitoring plug-in module.

Highlights of the Xen support in Applications Manager and OpManager include:

  • Automatic discovery of XenServer hosts and VMs via Xen API
  • Complete inventory and mapping of hosts, VMs as well as storage repositories and virtual disk images
  • Alerts delivered via email and SMS for Xen-related downtime and performance issues
  • Identifies XenMotion activity and updates inventory to reflect live migration of VMs as they move from host to host
  • Real-time map of Xen topology

Pricing and Availability

Xen server support is available as a beta version in both OpManager and Applications Manager. The beta version of OpManager is available for download at http://www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/beta-signup.html. The beta version of Applications Manager can be downloaded athttp://www.manageengine.com/applications_manager/beta-signup.html.

OpManager Enterprise Edition prices start at $16,495 for 500 devices. The Application Monitoring plug-in starts at $15,990 for 250 monitors. Applications Manager Professional Edition starts at $795 for up to 25 applications or servers.

For more information on OpManager, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/opmanager, and for Applications Manager, visit http://www.manageengine.com/apm. For more information on ManageEngine, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog athttp://blogs.manageengine.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.

About OpManager

ManageEngine OpManager is a network management platform that helps large enterprises, service providers and SMEs manage their data centers and IT infrastructure efficiently and cost effectively. Automated workflows, intelligent alerting engines, configurable discovery rules, and extendable templates enable IT teams to setup a 24×7 monitoring system within hours of installation. Do-it-yourself plug-ins extend the scope of management to include network change and configuration management and IP address management as well as monitoring of networks, applications, databases, virtualization and NetFlow-based bandwidth. For more information on ManageEngine OpManager, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/opmanager.

About Applications Manager

ManageEngine Applications Manager is application performance monitoring software that helps businesses guarantee high availability and performance for their business applications by ensuring servers and applications have high uptime. It comes with out-of-the-box support for 50+ application servers, servers, databases and transactions spanning physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. For more information on ManageEngine Applications Manager, please visithttp://www.manageengine.com/apm.

About ManageEngine

ManageEngine delivers the real-time IT management tools that empower an IT team to meet an organization’s need for real-time services and support. Worldwide, more than 72,000 established and emerging enterprises — including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500 — rely on ManageEngine products to ensure the optimal performance of their critical IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, applications, desktops and more. ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corp. with offices worldwide, including the United States, India, Japan and China. For more information, please visit http://buzz.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog athttp://blogs.manageengine.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.

ManageEngine is a trademark of Zoho Corp. All other brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Tags: ManageEngine, real-time IT, Zoho, OpManager, Applications Manager, Citrix XenServer, VTUG, Virtualization Technology Users Group, VMware, Hyper-V, network monitoring, configuration management, end user experience, network monitoring, cloud monitoring, virtualization, cloud, IT management, user experience monitoring

Play crammed 1 Million Google Apps.

Play crammed 1 Million Google Apps.

CALIFORNIA – the official Android app store, Google Play, the latest re-print track record. Google announced that Google Play enlivened more than one million applications.

Reported by Softpedia, Friday (27/07/2013), it was revealed by Google’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai, a corporate event, Wednesday (24/7), local time. Pichai also revealed a number of other details about the Android app.

He claims the app store has reached 50 billion downloads and revenue developer time to grow 2.5 times more than last year. Other interesting information is that the level of activation of Android tablets expected to reach 70 million units by the end of this year. In comparison, according to Cnet, activation of Android tablets in the last year only 10 million.

At the same event, Google also announced two new products that have long awaited the Nexus 7 and the latest Android operating system, 4.3 Jelly Bean. The latest generation of Nexus 7 has better hardware than its predecessor, and also be the first device that uses the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Intel will offer ‘Broadwell’ SOC to battle Calxeda, AMD

Intel will offer ‘Broadwell’ SOC to battle Calxeda, AMD

Intel has updated its road map with a new, low-power server chip to help it ward off competition from Calxeda and other makers of low-power chips.

The new chip will be based on Broadwell, a microarchitecture to be introduced next year as the successor to Intel’s Haswell design. But this processor will be a system-on-chip, setting it apart from Intel’s other Xeon server products.

SOCs combine several components onto a single chip to reduce power consumption and space requirements. In the server market, they’re often used in micro-servers, a type of low-power server used for large-scale, online workloads.

Intel already offers SOCs in its Atom family of chips, but Atom has its own microarchitecture. The new chip announced Monday will be Intel’s first SOC that uses the same microarchitecture as its more powerful Xeon chips.

“With this new product, we’ll be delivering the best of both worlds: high performance and high density,” said Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s data center and connected systems group, at an Intel event in San Francisco.

She didn’t give a name for the new chip but said it will ship next year. It will be manufactured on a 14-nanometer process and include integrated I/O, networking, and application accelerators, Bryant said.

The chip essentially allows Intel to straddle the gap between its current Atom processors, which focus on low power consumption, and its Xeon processors, which are tuned for higher performance but use more electricity.

“They’re trying to cover the whole market. They’ve decided it’s better to have a little bit of overlap than to have any gaps,” said industry analyst Nathan Brookwood of Insight64.

The chip comes at a time of heightened competition in the server market. Rivals such as Calxeda and Advanced Micro Devices are building low-power SOCs using designs from UK chip architecture company ARM, and the new chip from Intel is its latest response to that trend.

Intel didn’t say on Monday if the new chip will be branded as a Xeon or an Atom. Its place between the two product lines could create some confusion for customers, Brookwood said, though he thinks Intel will eventually decide on Xeon.

It’s not the only chip Intel has for low-power servers. The company recently began shipping a Xeon E3 processor based on the Haswell core, and versions of that chip based on Broadwell are expected next year. They will be “general-purpose” Xeons, as opposed to SOCs specifically for low-power, high-density systems.

In its Atom family, Intel will begin shipping a new chip later this year code-named Avoton, based on a new chip core known as Silvermont. Compared with the current Atom core, Avoton will offer “a 3x improvement in power at the same performance level, or a 5x increase in performance at the same power,” according to Bryant.

Apple Developer Website Online Again Following Cyberattack

Apple Developer Website Online Again Following Cyberattack

Apple’s developer website was back online Friday, more than a week after it was targeted by a hacker who reportedly attempted to steal personal information, various media outlets have reported.

According to Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson, the website used by engineers who write Mac and iOS device applications was said to be active as of 5pm Pacific time on July 26. The attack had forced it offline for a total of eight days.

“Developers use the site for software downloads, documentation and engineering information,” Robertson said. “The maker of iPhones and iPads said this week that it’s ‘completely overhauling’ its developer systems to prevent a security threat from happening again. While some of the website’s information was encrypted, Applesaid it hadn’t been able to rule out whether names, mailing addresses or e-mail addresses may have been accessed.”

The website targeted by the cyberattack is used by the Cupertino, California-based tech giant to communicate with its community of nearly six million software developers, according to Reuters reporter Aman Shah. A UK-based Turkish researcher named Ibrahim Balic has claimed responsibility for the attack, which he says was not malicious in nature, but not everyone buys his story.

“Balic, who describes himself as a security consultant, claimed on Sunday that he had discovered a number of weaknesses in the site at developer.apple.com which allowed him to grab email addresses of registered developers,” Guardian reporter Charles Arthur explained. “In all, Balic said he had been able to grab the details of 100,000 people registered on the site, and that he included 73 of them in a bug report to Apple.

“He claimed that he exploited a cross-site scripting (XSS) bug in the site,” he added. “However XSS attacks generally require the attacker – which in this case would be Balic – to ‘infect’ a page with a malicious piece of Javascript or HTML which would then be used to extract data from a visiting user. If Balic’s claim is correct, he seems to have used the XSS exploits against his own system.”

Arthur said they attempted to contact 29 people whose emails were allegedly extracted by Balic during the hacking, but seven of those emails bounced and none of the remaining 22 responded to requests to state whether or not they are registered Apple developers. Furthermore, none of the names or email addresses could be located online, which the Guardian notes would be unusual for active software developers.

“Many of the names and email addresses either don’t look like they would belong to Apple developers, or appear to have left no footprints anywhere else on the net,” added independent security consultant Graham Cluley. In addition, in reference to ten emails featured in a YouTube video created by the alleged hacker, Cluley said, “It’s almost as though these are long-discarded ghost email addresses from years ago or have been used by Balic in his video for reasons best known to himself.”

In related news, a new phishing scam involving Apple has arisen on the heels of the developer website hacking,according to CNET’s Charlie Osborne. Attempting to capitalize on security concerns raised by the cyberattack, the new phishing scam warns users to click on a link in order to change their passwords.

While the email is short, it may appear legitimate to some users, Osborne said. However, it includes a grammar mistake in the title, fails to capitalize Apple on several locations and includes a link that clearly does not lead to a domain registered or owned by the tech giant.

“Users have taken to Twitter to warn others of the phishing attacks, and security firm Kaspersky Lab has found that Apple-related phishing scams have skyrocketed in the last six months, with scammers focused on stealing login credentials and financial data,” the CNET writer added.

Google Selects HE-AAC Multichannel From Fraunhofer IIS For Google Play Movies in Surround Sound

Google Selects HE-AAC Multichannel From Fraunhofer IIS For Google Play Movies in Surround Sound

Google and Fraunhofer IIS deliver the first movies with a true 5.1 channel surround sound experience from Google Play. The immersive sound quality consumers have come to expect from TV, Blu-ray disc or DVD is now available with movies streamed or downloaded from Google Play directly to their Android devices running 4.1 or later. Google chose HE-AAC Multichannel as Android’s only surround sound codec due to its open-standard nature and excellent bit-rate efficiency.

When connected to a surround sound system and TV with an HDMI cable, Android users will be able to play high quality audio and video from their smartphones and tablets in surround. On the go, Android devices will play movies in great stereo quality and selected Nexus products will also include the Fraunhofer Cingo virtual surround rendering technology, which will play movies in realistic surround sound on earphones or tablet stereo speakers.

Android’s HE-AAC Multichannel implementation includes full support for loudness and downmix metadata commonly known from the broadcast TV world, as well as other features that allow the sound to be tailored for an optimum user experience in any listening mode and environment.

“Google Play movies in 5.1 HE-AAC Multichannel sound are the first realization of our vision of bringing true theatrical surround sound to mobile devices,” said Robert Bleidt, Division General Manager at Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies. “The Google and Fraunhofer partnership creates a tremendous value for consumers by offering one format that delivers a high quality experience both in-home and while mobile. Consumers may experience surround sound over headphones while on their way home from work, and finish the movie in true, exciting surround in their living room,” he added.

HE-AAC Multichannel is part of the Fraunhofer FDK AAC codec library for Android since version 4.1 and a required feature of all Android-compatible devices. This software makes open-source Fraunhofer implementations of the MPEG audio codecs AAC, HE-AAC, HE-AACv2, and AAC-ELD available to the Android community.

HE-AAC is today’s most efficient high-quality surround and stereo audio codec deployed in over 5 billion devices and used in TV, radio, and streaming services worldwide. The codec is natively integrated into most operating systems, streaming platforms and consumer electronics devices. In addition to its unique coding efficiency, HE-AAC has the dynamic ability to change audio bit-rates seamlessly in order to adapt to changing network conditions as consumers stream content to a variety of devices. It can be used with any adaptive streaming technology including MPEG-DASH, Apple HLS, Adobe HDS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming.