Android 15 will take spatial audio to the next level — here’s how

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Android 15 could improve the spatial audio experience on Android phones by using Bluetooth Low Energy Audio connections, allowing for more support for the feature. 

This news comes from Mishaal Rahman from Android Authority, who breaks down the announcement from Google I/O that confirmed support for dynamic spatial audio over a Bluetooth LE connection. This change will open up the tech to an increasing number of LE audio-compatible products and offer lower head-tracking latency and better bandwidth utilization, meaning a more immersive experience.

Spatial audio allows users one of the best experiences when watching movies because the software lets users feel like they are in the middle of the action. The software does this by digitally creating a 360-degree soundscape and fixing the point of origin for certain sounds. So, if you hear someone speaking and move your head, the voice will change location. The feature has been around for a while, with Apple first using its Spatial Audio feature on its Airpods Pro and AirPods Max and Samsung offering its own 360 Audio for certain Galaxy Buds models.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 being worn by Tom's Guide's Ryan Epps.

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Another benefit of a Bluetooth LE connection is that its low-energy transmission can help increase the battery life of your products. This will also benefit the recently announced Android 15 feature that offers better hearing aid management, including support for hands-free calling, checking battery levels, and a new dedicated Quick Settings tile. 

Android 15 isn't full of exciting new features (unlike what's been rumored for Apple's upcoming iOS 18), but reports indicate several quality-of-life improvements. For instance, the update could include a new feature to find turned-off devices as long as they have a small amount of battery remaining. The Android 15 Beta 2 also showed several new features, including private spaces and secured background app launches.

Enrolling in the Android Beta Program allows you to test Android 15 for yourself. In the meantime, it is worth upgrading your current headset, and we have a list of the best headphones chosen by experts to help you choose.

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