QNX has many years of experience working with high definition and 3-Dimensional (HD-3D) audio. Its latest CAR 2.0 Platform on a Bentley GT contains a video conferencing system with 7kHz audio. QNX has leveraged its experience in audio when creating BBM Video for BlackBerry Z10.
Skype Provides Only Mono Audio; Audio on Facetime Described As “Garbled”
When using Skype, if two people talk at the same time, they cancel each other out and a nasty echo is created. In addition, Skype’s audio is mono. In fact, readers have probably noticed that from the poor quality of the audio.
Similarly, the Apple Support Communities indicate that while users like the video quality of Facetime, they find that the audio is horrible. In fact, the word “garbled” is what Apple users often use to describe Facetime audio in the thread.
BBM Video Provides Stereo and Wide-Band Audio
In contrast, BBM Video on the Z10 provides users with stereo and wide-band audio. I have tested having two people talk at the same time, and you can hear both people perfectly well. In fact, the audio sounds very much like you are talking in person. This is unlike Skype, in which two people talking at the same time results in them cancelling each other out and creating a nasty echo.
What is your experience with the audio on Skype, Facetime and/or BBM Video. Please let us know in the comments below.