Qualcomm has added new features to the Qualcomm AllPlay smart media platform including Bluetooth to Wi-Fi re-streaming, custom audio settings and optimized synchronization.
AllPlay provides consumers with multiple streaming options, including a new feature to combine both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi whole home streaming. Now, all local or cloud-based music on a consumer's smartphone can be streamed to any Bluetooth-compatible AllPlay speaker and then re-streamed over Wi-Fi to multiple AllPlay speakers, all in synch. This allows simple wireless connectivity to individual speakers or an entire home audio system over the user's existing home Wi-Fi network. This functionality provides an advantage over Bluetooth-only speakers, which are limited to one-to-one streaming.
Hitachi America wil lbe the first company to launch of three Wi-Fi speakers powered by AllPlay. The Hitachi Wi-Fi speakers offer streaming of local and cloud-based audio content using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. They will be available at US retailers later this month.
Additional features available for manufactures to evaluate later this month are:
- Custom Audio Settings: custom sound equalization settings and channel selection capabilities.
- Optimized Synchronization: To meet the performance demands for true stereo and multi-channel wireless audio in the home, AllPlay now supports synchronization between devices of under 100 microseconds, making the platform suitable for both multi-room and multi-channel wireless audio streaming.
- Line-in to Wi-Fi Re-streaming: Manufacturers can now build devices powered by AllPlay that take in audio from line-in sources, such as CD players or turntables, with the ability to re-stream to other AllPlay speakers around the home.
The AllPlay platform is built upon the AllJoyn software framework, an open source software and services framework and collaborative open source project of the AllSeen Alliance.