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Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) audio will be supported in Android 13

Many Android phones are yet to receive the newest version of Android, which was officially launched on October 19. Samsung deserves credit for releasing the One UI 4 upgrade (which features Android 12) faster than expected.

This demonstrates that it is always preferable when a smartphone’s manufacturer is also the firm that created the operating system that the phone operates on. But, at least for the time being, we’re not here to talk about fragmentation. I’m here to speak about Android 13s support for Bluetooth Low Energy Audio (LE Audio), a wireless audio standard that will reportedly be supported beginning next year. Wireless audio streaming for headphones and hearing aids will be possible with Bluetooth Low Energy Audio. We’re already looking forward to next year after Google released one of the most ambitious Android releases in a long time.

Bluetooth LE

According to AndroidPolice, Esper’s technical writer Mishaal Rahman noticed a commit in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) revealing that Google has combined the LE Audio (LC3) codec and added it to the system settings. The codec has the highest priority when connecting to an audio device. This means that supported devices must have a connection to LE Audio before attempting to connect with another audio codec. Rahman, who left XDA last October, says he’s “confident” that by the time Android 13 comes out next October, the feature will be ready. 

Bluetooth LE

And there are some nice rewards for Android users using Bluetooth LE Audio, including longer battery life and a more stable connection – all without having to endure reduced audio quality on mobile devices. Android 10 was the first version of the open-source operating system to include Bluetooth LE Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA). This made it possible to support compatible headphones and earphones, resulting in significant savings and power consumption without loss of audio quality. 

Bluetooth LE

For example, because hearing aids are worn all day, some individuals need to preserve energy (except when sleeping). Bluetooth LE Audio was born from this technology. Laurel, the head of audiology at GN Hearing Christensen, was recently sued by AndroidPolice. The firm creates high-tech hearing aids that need extensive therapy and other energy-intensive technology. “We have to look about energy utilisation from that viewpoint,” Christensen added. For real broadcasting – for music and phone calls – we aim to utilise as little energy as possible.

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