The Nokia OZO brand is hardly too popular, at least since Nokia shut down work on the eye-catching VR 360-degree camera. Still, OZO Audio is alive and well and periodically when Nokia strikes a technology licensing deal and OnePlus is the latest party in such an agreement. The flagship OnePlus 8 Pro has a triple-microphone array, powered by Nokia OZO.
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Still, OnePlus did spend a good couple of minutes on stage, during the announcement, to explain Audio 3D, Audio Zoom and Audio Windscreen – all three camera features enabled by the OZO tech.
Audio Zoom is pretty self-explanatory, offering an audio boost, to go along with the cameras digital zoom level. Windscreen promises advanced and dramatic reduction in wind noise in video recordings. And Audio 3D is simply an umbrella name for advanced special audio capture. Nothing really revolutionary, but still beneficial to users and a great deal for both parties involved.
Jyri Huopaniemi, head of Technology Licensing at Nokia Technologies expressed his satisfaction with the new deal:
We are thrilled to enable OnePlus latest smartphone model to capture and record immersive, high-quality sound with OZO Audio, enabling their customers to experience vivid, dynamic recordings. This is yet another testament to our leadership as a licensor of advanced technologies for smartphone and camera manufacturers.
Nokia Technologies is focused on licensing Nokia intellectual property, including patents, technologies and the Nokia brand, building on Nokias continued innovation and decades of R&D leadership in technologies used in virtually all connected devices used today. We license our innovative OZO spatial audio and visual technologies to smartphone and camera manufacturers through our Technology Licensing business.
Quickly flipping through the news section, we can clearly spot a few other recent phones of Oppo devices, like the Find X2 and Find X2 Pro, also sporting OZO tech. Hence, this Nokia partnership is likely a part of a wider deal involving multiple brands in the BBK Electronics umbrella. In that case, we can potentially expect the tech to eventually trickle-down to even more on the parent companys phone brands and branches.