Modern Samsung smartphones and tablets with Bluetooth 5.0 (or newer versions) offer wireless audio sharing, but that's limited to just two earbuds or speakers. In the future, that could expand to an unlimited number of nearby devices, thanks to a new Bluetooth technology that was unveiled today.
Bluetooth Auracast offers smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other audio transmitters the ability to stream audio wirelessly to unlimited Bluetooth receivers. This opens up multiple possibilities and improves various scenarios, including better public announcements at airports and railway stations. Users can share their music with various people around them through a single device. People in a bar can watch a match without disturbing others.
This new technology is based on Bluetooth LE Audio, which offers improved audio quality without the aptX or Samsung Scalable Codec. It opens up possibilities for better accessibility features related to hearing. Google, Xiaomi, and Hearing Loss Association of America have already pledged support for Bluetooth Auracast. Other smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC, and smartwatch brands, including Samsung, could soon start supporting this standard in their upcoming devices.
Mark Powell, CEO of the Bluetooth SIG, said, “The launch of Auracast broadcast audio will trigger another massive change in the wireless audio market. The ability to broadcast and share audio using Bluetooth technology will reshape personal audio and enable public venues and spaces to deliver audio experiences that will improve visitor satisfaction and increase accessibility.”
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