Google formally unveiled Android O earlier today, announcing the Developer Preview enabling devs to start work on the newest OS to ensure their apps are compatible. Some of the big additions include better batter life by restricting background processes as well as improvements to notifications.
What we found most interesting though, is the amount of work that Google’s partners are putting into Android O and specifically Sony. According to a report from The Verge, Sony has been one of the biggest contributors with “more than 30 feature enhancements and 250 bug fixes” so far.
In particular, Sony is pushing to make Android O a better platform for wireless hi-res audio, by contributing its LDAC wireless audio coding technology. LDAC is already featured in a number of Xperia smartphones and also appears in the company’s high-end audio products. LDAC allows data transfer via Bluetooth three times higher than normal, with a bitrate of 990kbps.
To get the most out of this, you would still need hardware capable of LDAC support, which requires a licence fee. But regardless, it is great to see Sony pushing support for better audio quality across mobile devices and hopefully means that Sony will not rush to end support of the 3.5mm headphone jack anytime soon.
Via The Verge.
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