About half a year ago I was able to get a special demonstration of Atmos in a theater and also get the technical stats on how and why it works the way it does. It was pretty impressive.
Anyone that has an Atmos enabled theater near them might have also experienced Gravity in Atmos. It's a new level of surround-sound.
Atmos was launched in 2012 and since then all major Hollywood studios, along with top movie directors and sound mixers, have used it. Currently, there are 450 Atmos screens around the world and more than 100 films have incorporated the technology
Well, Dolby is bringing the experience to mobile. Dolby debuted this during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month and will be able to run their algorithms either on a dedicated audio processor chip or an ARM processor core. it's able to simulate Atmos-like surround-sound by tricking listeners' brains into thinking the audio is 3D.
To get the mobile technology to market, Dolby will partner with various hardware makers. The technology will most likely use the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip.
The first iteration of the technology will be ready for its partners by the end of this year.
It will be interesting to see what this sounds like from a tablet/smartphone!