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Dolby Labs 'Surround' Nokia N8

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April 30, 2010

Dolby Labs 'Surround' Nokia N8

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Nokia (News - Alert) will soon be incorporating Dolby surround sound technologies into select handsets worldwide. This is because Dolby laboratories has announced a collaboration with Nokia.

Following the launch of the Nokia N8, Nokia's latest smart phone based on the Symbian (News - Alert)^3 platform, the two companies revealed their collaboration. This is the world's first smart phone to incorporate Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound technology.

"The collaboration between Nokia and Dolby, a world leader in entertainment technology, now brings cinema-like experiences to mobile," Jo Harlow, head of smart phones, Nokia, said.

Harlow revealed that the Nokia N8 was the first smart phone to offer a true home theater experience with HD quality and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by simply plugging the device into a home theater system with an HDMI cable.

Dwelling on the advantages that the inclusion of Dolby Digital Plus in the Nokia N8 brought, Harlow said that it added a new dimension to the capabilities of the smart phone and transformed it into a HD mobile entertainment device, which was capable of transferring high definition content to HD-ready devices, through a HDMI cable.

"Nokia is a market leader in mobile entertainment and we are delighted to be working with them to bring Dolby Digital Plus to the mobile market,"Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO, Dolby Laboratories (News - Alert).

Yeaman praised the Nokia N8 as being a versatile and compact entertainment center, a precursor to the exciting future that was in store for mobile entertainment, and firmly believed that it was set to change how people used mobile devices by allowing them to share HD content with anyone they chose.

Dolby Laboratories is the global leader in technologies that are essential elements in the best entertainment experiences. Founded in 1965 and best known for high-quality audio and surround sound, Dolby creates innovations that enrich entertainment at the movies, at home, or on the go.

Another example of Dolby being the best in entertainment experiences, was revealed ,when Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (News - Alert) and on-demand digital music service Rhapsody announced that Dolby will work with Rhapsody to optimize more than nine million music tracks in Rhapsody's music library with Dolby Media Generator, a highly efficient set of tools enabling content owners, aggregators, distributors, and operators to format content for mobile delivery and playback.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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