It seems that Dolby Mobile is coming to Symbian OS.
Dolby has introduced a set of software technologies collectively named “Dolby Mobile” that claim to add depth to sound as also adjust audio algorithms in such a way so as to enable hardware provide the best possible sound. This year’s World Mobile Congress saw Nokia announcing it would adopt “Dolby Mobile”; the Finnish handset maker even demonstrated “Dolby Mobile” on one of its N95 smart phones.
So perhaps Symbian OS could be taking off for audio too. That’s going to complicate things.
“Dolby Mobile” comes with a post-processing licensing package that comprises Mobile Surround, Natural Base, and Sound Expander and supports mobile audio, video, and TV sources. ‘Mobile Surround’ works on regular headphones and is supported by a full-fledged software equalizer. It works in tandem with ‘Sound Expander’, algorithms that simulate a surround effect.
Apparently “Dolby Mobile” leaves little room for code protection which is why Dolby says it has to be careful in protecting intellectual property. As such, “Dolby Mobile” will not go to market as a stand-alone application, rather as a bundle with upcoming smart phones. Meanwhile, Sharp and Sony Ericsson are already offering “Dolby Mobile” enabled cell phones in Japan.