Samsung has introduced several new features with the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update. The new software is currently available in beta for the Galaxy S23 series in a few countries, and it is expected to hit stable form before the end of this year. With One UI 6.0, Samsung has added support for two new Bluetooth audio codecs.
One UI 6.0 supports LC3 and Opus Bluetooth audio codecs
One UI 6.0 supports LC3 and Opus audio codecs for Bluetooth wireless earphones. LC3 is a part of Bluetooth LE Audio, bringing higher audio fidelity at similar bitrates to the standard SBC codec. LC3 ranges from 160kbps to 345kbps compared to SBC's 240kbps to 345kbps bitrate. Despite having a similar (or even lower at the lowest limit) bitrate to SBC, the LC3 codec provides better audio quality and higher efficiency (resulting in longer battery life). LC3 also works much better than SBC with true wireless stereo earbuds.
On the other hand, Opus is used for Bluetooth earphones that support Spatial Audio for an immersive audio experience. The Google Pixel Buds Pro earphones already use the Opus codec for Spatial Audio with 360-degree head tracking. With Opus now available on Samsung's latest One UI version, we can expect Galaxy phones and tablets to work much better with wireless earphones that support Spatial Audio.
With two new Bluetooth audio codecs, Samsung phones will work better with a broader range of audio products like wireless earbuds and headphones. However, Samsung still doesn't support aptX Lossless, LHDC, and LLAC audio codecs. Most modern Samsung smartphones compatible with the upcoming One UI 6.0 update should be able to get the new Bluetooth audio codecs.
To view all the major new features introduced by One UI 6.0, you can watch our video below.