Another day, another HD Voice enabled device on the Orange UK network. The carrier has just confirmed that not only will the Nokia N8 arrive in their stores this coming weekend, it will also be the latest handset to support the higher-quality audio system promising improved voice calls.
Orange UK has officially launched High Definition Voice, a new voice technology that claims to dramatically reduce background noise and increase audio quality. Available only on select handsets - initially updated versions of the Nokia 5230, Nokia X6, Nokia E5 and Samsung Omnia Pro - the carrier is hoping that more manufacturers jump on board with their own compatible hardware.
Orange has launched Libon for iOS, pushing HD voice calls via app after apparently getting impatient for all other networks to implement the better quality audio. The free download - which will work on all carriers, and is headed to Android in early Q1 2013 - supports HD calls between Libon users over a 3G or WiFi connection, as well as personalized voicemail and voice-to-text transcription of messages.
Having heard Orange's news that the Samsung Omnia 7 would be HD Voice compatible on their UK network, we chased up HTC to see whether the same was in store for the HTC 7 Mozart. Unfortunately, it seems Mozart owners will have to make do with regular audio quality; HTC has told us the company has "no plans" to add in HD Voice support to their Windows Phone 7 smartphone.
Orange has confirmed that the Samsung Omnia 7 will be HD Voice enabled in the UK, allowing the Windows Phone 7 handset to make higher quality audio calls on their network. "High Definition Voice" had previously been limited to a handful of Nokia devices, along with the Samsung Omnia Pro; calls between compatible phones promise much reduced background noise, hiss and crackle.
Orange, a popular wireless provider in France, announced yesterday that they plan to introduce an HD Voice technology in order to improve user's call experiences and to make for improved voice clarity.
Announced at the La Collection show in Paris, the HD Voice technology would come in the form of software. It will actually be included in some Orange handsets starting in December. Specifically, it will help limit background noise and amp up the device's ability to transmit the sound of the human voice.
By using an Adaptive Multi Rate-WideBand (AMR-WB) codec, Orange will be able to improve voice quality, but the improvements will only be detectable in handsets that have the supporting software. However, HD Voice handsets will still be able to hear those they converse with on non-HD handsets more clearly.
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