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Qualcomm’s AllPlay Technology Heading to Consumer Devices Later This Year

Establishing a new technological standard in today’s world is very hard to do. Qualcomm’s work on their AllPlay service is looking to create a open-source standard for wireless music transfer that can compete with Apple’s AirPlay service. Qualcomm announced at this week’s CES that we should start seeing hardware devices with AllPlay installed before the end of the year. 

Some of the companies that have already showed their support for hardware are Panasonic and Altec Lansing. These companies, and hopefully more to come, will build in AllPlay support so that when your Android or iOS device senses the speakers in the house on your WiFi connection you can connect seamlessly. It works a lot like Chromecast, but centered around music between home speakers.

Some of the other partners announced at CES are iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, Napster, DoubleTwist, Grooveshark, TuneIn, and SomaFM. Once these companies update their apps and you set up your AllPlay speakers, sharing music should be as easy as tapping a button. Time remains to be seen if AllPlay becomes more widely accepted, but a non-platform specific solution like this is very enticing.

Via: The Verge
  • There’s already a tech standard for this: it’s called DLNA. There’s nothing about AllPlay that will make it any better or more widely implemented than DLNA has been.

  • M3D1T8R

    Good news. Anything that’s open and battles Apple’s closed garden approach is music to my ears.

  • JaxDreamWeaver

    “Later this year.” Most used words at CES.

    • picaso86

      Disappointing right?

  • Kofi Williams

    I guess…I think at this point between apple TV, chromecast, and dlna there really isn’t much room for competition even if it’s just for music. I’m ignoring a bunch more too.

    • morgan boyle

      DLNA is clunky. regular users wont set it up. chromecast is great but it only works through a HDMI input. i wish they would revise the chrome cast to have a 1/8 inch out and then i could hook it into almost any stereo system and use my google play and other music services.

      • Jordan Webb

        They had all that in the Nexus Q and it was horribly received and horribly expensive. Most people just want to use their TV (myself included…TV is the only speaker I’d use for playing music out loud in my home anyway).

        • morgan boyle

          i hear ya. but what makes the ChromeCast so nice is its small and portable. take it home for the holidays if you want or to a friends house to watch a movie you own. add an aux input without adding much space and now i can sit around stream music services without wasting battery power.

        • M3D1T8R

          But TV speakers are all terrible. My Panasonic VT60 plasma has some of the best sounding speakers of any TV but is still highly lacking so I still use my 5.1 system for just about everything. Fortunately I just have my Chromecast connected directly to my receiver. Still need to work around Google’s Play Music on device restrictions though.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      I’ll jump through a lot of hoops to support an open standard.

  • Ian Smith