Google is engaged on including help for Auracast, a characteristic that’s a part of the Bluetooth Low Vitality (LE) normal, in accordance with a report. If the characteristic makes its solution to the following model of Android, customers will have the ability to “broadcast” audio to close by gadgets utilizing Bluetooth LE know-how — by scanning a QR code to attach an audio system and bypassing the pairing course of. Android 15 might additionally characteristic a devoted settings part to handle audio broadcasts when it arrives later this 12 months.
Android Authority studies that a number of strings within the Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3 launch confer with a brand new audio sharing characteristic. These settings choices will permit customers to allow the audio broadcast characteristic by way of a Share audio toggle. Customers will have the ability to hook up with a Bluetooth LE audio stream by scanning a QR code, in accordance with the strings uncovered by the publication.
Whereas it wasn’t potential to check the characteristic for lack of an Auracast-compatible system, the report states that Google has already ready a settings web page to allow and disable the characteristic. On Android 15, navigating to Linked gadgets > Connection preferences > Audio streams within the settings app will let customers allow and disable the Bluetooth audio broadcast characteristic.
Some sensible implementations of this know-how might embody listening to music with a good friend whereas touring collectively, assuming you each have Auracast-compatible headsets. If Android 15 provides help for the characteristic, extra gadgets providing the identical performance are more likely to arrive later this 12 months.
It’s price noting that despite the fact that Android already helps Bluetooth LE options on gadgets with Bluetooth 5.2 and newer, the arrival of Auracast help might make it simpler for 2 (or extra) individuals to hearken to the identical music on the identical time, with out pairing their audio gadgets.
Apps like Spotify already permit customers to start out simultaneous listening periods which might be helpful when listeners are distant, however Auracast help might permit a number of customers to hearken to audio from a single system when they’re close by, permitting buddies to hearken to the identical podcast episode or music observe wirelessly in the identical room.
We will anticipate to listen to extra concerning the audio streaming characteristic on Android 15 within the coming months, as Google continues to work on Android 15. The beta variations of Android 15 also needs to give us an thought of how the characteristic will work — these are more likely to arrive within the coming weeks, based mostly on Google’s earlier launch schedules.