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When Did BlackBerry 10 Get "aptX" High Quality Bluetooth Stereo Support?

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I heard a few rumors from friends in BlackBerry that aptX support was coming to BlackBerry 10 but it seems like BlackBerry snuck it in recently. In case you don’t know, aptX is a proprietary codec (by CSR) for high quality sound over low bandwidth connections. For Bluetooth this means you can get the same quality as a wired headset over a Bluetooth headset instead of the relatively bad sounding A2DP SBC codec. The codec has been maturing nicely over the years with many speakers and devices supporting the aptX (also known as Apt-X) codec.

While browsing the specs for the latest P’9982 device I spotted a little change that states support for “Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) with aptX™ enabled.” When the Q10 launched with OS 10.1 it just said Bluetooth LE support (PDF). I am still trying to scrounge up an OS 10.2 PDF but I don’t remember it ever mentioning aptX support. Now every product page for the whole BlackBerry 10 device lineup says it has Bluetooth with aptX enabled.

This is pretty awesome news. I don’t have any aptX enabled devices currently but I just put in an order for LG Tone+ HBS-730 headphones to test them out. I found this great list of aptX enabled devices compiled by Jesse Bandersen if you are looking for other options. Let me know what you find in the comments below and check out the demo video from CSR of their aptX codec below:

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  1. Interesting that this article came up. I have a set of Phiaton bluetooth headphones. When I loaded up on my Z10, I noticed a big difference in the audio quality compared to and prior. I hadn’t been giving it much concern other than thinking it’s some kind of fortunate “glitch.” I checked the link you provided to aptX enabled devices, and sure enough, my headphones are on the list! So I can testify that this aptX stuff makes a difference.

  2. I had to downgrade the OS on my device from because I wasn’t getting audio via bluetooth connection. My Q10 and stereo paired but no sound. I downgraded back to 10.2 and low and behold, sound! Anyone have any idea of what this problem might be? I hope its fixed in a newer version.

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