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Telefonica Signs Sound Technology Deal with Dolby

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Spain's Telefonica says that it has signed a deal with Dolby to try and improve the sound quality in smartphones.

Telefónica said that it will select devices from handset manufacturers and either add Dolby Audio to them, in some unspecified manner, or mandate it in the ordering process.

"This alliance addresses a real need now that people are increasingly using their smartphones and tablets to watch movies and TV shows, play games, or listen to music," said Francisco Montalvo, Global Devices Unit director for Telefonica "As mobile entertainment devices, our smartphones and tablets deserve to have the high-quality surround sound that Dolby offers."

Dolby Audio is supported by streaming services across multiple devices, and its technology keeps the volume level constant, even among different content and media players. Dolby Audio technology is also able to detect dialogue in the content and actively improve its intelligibility. Devices with Dolby Audio are said to offer a more balanced and natural sound by preserving the original basses and trebles, while its custom tuning system eliminates unwanted noises and distortions.

Telefónica is already using Dolby sound technologies in its Internet Protocol TV and streaming video services.

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