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Nokia's 3D Audio Technology Transforms Voice Communication

nokia introduces 3D Audio

Nokia has introduced a new technology called "immersive audio and video" that significantly enhances the quality of phone calls by adding three-dimensional sound. This makes conversations feel more lifelike.

Pekka Lundmark, Nokia's CEO, emphasized the groundbreaking nature of this advancement. He was present when the first 2G call was made in 1991 and now sees this as the next big step forward.

Unlike current smartphone calls that have flat, compressed audio, this new technology will allow callers to hear sounds as if they were in the same room. Jenni Lukander, president of Nokia Technologies, called it the biggest improvement in voice calling since the introduction of monophonic telephony audio in smartphones and PCs.

The first call using this technology was made with Stefan Lindström, Finland's Ambassador of Digitalisation and New Technologies. Lukander mentioned that the technology is now becoming standardized, meaning network providers, chipset manufacturers, and handset makers can start incorporating it into their products.

Nokia demonstrated this new feature using a regular smartphone on a public 5G network. Jyri Huopaniemi, head of audio research at Nokia Technologies, explained that this can also be used in conference calls to separate participants' voices based on their spatial locations. Most modern smartphones already have the necessary microphones to support this technology, which will transmit the spatial characteristics of a call in real time.

This technology is part of the upcoming 5G Advanced standard, and Nokia plans to explore licensing opportunities. However, it may take a few years before it becomes widely available.

Key Points

  1. Nokia's new technology makes phone calls sound more real by adding 3D audio, making it feel like the person is right there with you.

  2. This technology can also be used in conference calls to clearly separate different voices based on where they seem to be coming from.

  3. Most modern smartphones already have the needed microphones for this technology, but it might take a few years to become widely available.


Q. What is Nokia's new immersive audio and video technology?

It's a technology that enhances phone calls with three-dimensional sound, making conversations feel more lifelike.

Q. How does 3D audio improve phone calls?

It makes the audio sound as if the person you are talking to is right there with you, adding depth and clarity to the conversation.

Q. Do I need a special phone to use this new technology?

No, most modern smartphones with at least two microphones can support this technology.

Q. Who was involved in the first call using this technology?

The first call was made by Nokia's CEO Pekka Lundmark and Finland's Ambassador of Digitalisation and New Technologies, Stefan Lindström.


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