Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many personal and work interactions have been thrust into the virtual sphere. Video calling has become the norm for many, which can be a problem for those on weaker broadband connections. Google is hoping to address the issue with its new speech codec that is built to offer higher-quality audio at a lower bitrate, which should make communicating with friends and loved ones on apps like Google Duo much better.

The technology is called Lyra (no it doesn’t come with a shapeshifting counterpart named Pantalaimon). This new codec uses advancements in machine learning to improve upon existing techniques, allowing speech to be reproduced using fewer data.

Lyra harnesses the power of these new natural-sounding generative models to maintain the low bitrate of parametric codecs while achieving high quality, on par…

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