November 27, 2021

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Verizon launches adaptive satellite audio technology in the new Motorola One

In the context of: Recently, electronics manufacturers have focused a lot on audio technologies in space. Everyone seems to have their own vision, all with different names. Dolby has Atmos. Sony calls its solution “Tempest 3D AudioTech”. Apple is Spatial Audio, which has become a slang term for the technology synonymous with 3D audio or surround sound.

On Wednesday, Verizon introduced the Motorola One 5G UW Ace. The phone features Verizon’s 5G ultra-wideband, 5,000mAh battery, 48MP camera with “Quad Pixel” technology, and ThinkShield security features. But Verizon has gone to great lengths, albeit a boring one, to promote the phone’s built-in adaptive audio (video below).

Adaptive audio is Verizon’s take on spatial audio. It’s not exactly a new technology, but it has been gaining traction lately, thanks in large part to Dolby and Apple. Spatial audio is basically surround sound without all the extra speakers. It works through headphones, speakers, or any other output device connected to the phone. It supports Dolby Atmos-compatible content, but Verizon says it’s not limited to Dolby technology.

The technology is built into the device’s firmware, so it can be used by any app that includes audio without the app creator having to patch their software to take advantage of it.

“To experience Verizon Adaptive Sound, just use your favorite apps to play music, video or game, and it will automatically optimize the content for your listening device. You can also manually control various parameters like treble, bass, space, volume, etc.”

Currently, Adaptive Sound is only available on the new Motorola phone. However, Verizon has promised that it will reach future phones and current devices via a firmware update. There was no delay in updating the software.

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The Motorola One UW Ace is available starting July 8 (today) for $300. Visit the Verizon website for full specifications and more information.