While Android 12 remains a pipe dream for some Android phone users and a mess for others, Google is already hard at work on Android 13 ahead of a 2022 launch.
One of the first confirmed update features sounds like full support for the Bluetooth Low Energy Audio (LE Audio) standard, which was introduced with Bluetooth 5.2 last year to increase headphone streaming.
This technology, which has been described as “the next generation of Bluetooth audio,” should have improved quality over the current standard Bluetooth codec, while using lower data rates and conserving battery power.
Until now, Bluetooth LE has only supported standard data transmission, but the new sound compatibility enhances the true wireless headphone experience with support for multi-streaming audio.
The intro was noticed by Mishaal Rahman (via Police Android) under Android open source project ‘commit‘. He says that “Google recently merged the LC3 (LE audio codec) encoder and is adding this codec as an option in the settings. This will be the highest priority A2DP source codec ”, which is practically confirmed by the inclusion of this technology in Android 13.
“Extensive listening tests have shown that the LC3 will deliver an improvement in audio quality over the SBC included in Classic Audio, even at a 50% lower bit rate,” says Manfred Lutski, Head of Audio Communications at Fraunhofer IIS. “Developers will be able to leverage these energy savings to create products that can provide longer battery life or, in cases where current battery life is sufficient, shrink the form factor by using a smaller battery.”
Android 13 is unlikely to arrive until spring, when Google announces key features and offers several beta software releases ahead of release on Pixel phones next fall. What would you like to add? Let us know @trustedreviews on Twitter.