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Audio Advancements for Mobile Devices

With the exception of two-way voice communications on mobile phones, smartphones and tablets are primarily media consumption devices. Yet how is it that the mobile device market has managed to become so large and so important yet fail to impress when it comes to the quality of the audio experience?

Mobile phones are notorious for bad voice quality, sending users covering one ear and fleeing to the nearest window in search of good coverage. And this behavior has not significantly changed with the shift to data-centric smartphones.

Something can be done about this. Device developers have access to proven technologies and techniques for enhancing audio. And when applied, mobile phones will exhibit the best voice quality available; mobile devices in general will be engaged with at significantly higher percentages of the day, and people will reminisce about the folly of the past.

This ABI Research analysis focuses on the input and output technologies, and the design considerations for audio across smartphones and tablets. Current goals are examined along with a glimpse into the near-term opportunity for Smart Audio Accessories and other solutions that enhance the audio experience for mobile devices.

Table of Contents

  • 1. AUDIO: THE ACHILLES HEEL OF MOBILE DEVICES
    • 1.1. Executive Summary
    • 1.2. Key Findings
      • 1.2.1. An Unsatisfactory Experience:
      • 1.2.2. Of Greater User Importance:
      • 1.2.3. Technologies Ready for Mass Market Deployment:
    • 1.3. Strategic Recommendations
    • 1.4. Forecasts
  • 2. OPPORTUNITIES AND BARRIERS FOR MOBILE AUDIO
    • 2.1. Audio Input
      • 2.1.1. The MEMS Microphone Revolution
      • 2.1.2. Noise Reduction and Echo Cancellation
    • 2.2. Audio Output
      • 2.2.1. Voice Quality
      • 2.2.2. Audio Playback
    • 2.3. Usage Scenarios
    • 2.4. The Audio Accessories Opportunity
  • 3. AUDIO VENDOR ECOSYSTEM PREPARED FOR MOBILE DEVICE OPPORTUNITY

Tables

  1. Mobile Device Shipments, Units, World Market: 2013 to 2019
  2. Aftermarket Mobile Audio Headsets, Revenues, World Market: 2013-2019
  3. Mobile Device Penetration: 3+ Microphones, World Market: 2013 to 2019

Charts

  1. Mobile Device Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2019
  2. Penetration of 3+ Microphones in Mobile Devices, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2019

Figures

  1. Akustica Digital MEMS Microphone
  2. Example of Acoustic Echo Cancellation
  3. Microphone Placement in Apple iPhone 5 and Later
  4. Example Audio Clip of Regular Voice Quality
  5. Example Audio Clip of HD Voice Quality
  6. How DTS Sound TruBass Works
  7. Features of a Smart Audio Accessory
  8. Apple Patent for Sensor-Enabled Listening Device
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Research Information

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  • Publish Date 1Q 2014
  • Research Type Report
  • Code AN-1184
  • Pages 17
  • Tables 3
  • Charts 2
  • Figures 8
  • File Format PDF

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