MWC 2010: LG and Dolby bring 5.1 surround sound to smartphones

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LG and Dolby linked up at MWC 2010 today for the first public demonstration of their new 5.1 multichannel surround sound technology for smartphones.

“As a leader in the mobile industry, LG is devoted to delivering the best new features to our customers for a better user experience. Today’s announcement represents the latest milestone in joint efforts to improve the performance of our handsets, including feature phones and smartphones,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Together with Dolby, we hope to raise the bar for audio quality in mobile devices and the mobile industry as a whole.” 

If the technology proves a success, it could further increase the popularity of movies downloaded to smartphones. Imagine a smartphone that could both output HD video and 5.1 surround sound to your flatscreen set-up? You could have a major part of your home cinema kit sitting right inside your pocket.

“We are pleased to be working with LG to showcase the latest Dolby innovations for mobile on an LG Android-based smartphone,” said Ramzi Haidamus, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby Mobile expands the possibilities of mobile entertainment, allowing people to enjoy richer, more cinema-like audio experiences on the go.”
 
According to an LG press release, LG’s partnership with Dolby has lead to 20 handsets either made or waiting in the wings with high-end audio tech built in.

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Gerald Lynch