Bluetooth gets a makeover with Bluetooth LE Audio
Bluetooth LE Audio is going to vastly improve the audio experience of wireless earbuds.
CES 2020 has brought amazing news to the world of Bluetooth; a feature we never outright wished was better, yet now that it’s mentioned would be cool if it was.
What with Bluetooth being 20 years old this year, it only seems fit that the company adopt the treat yourself (and us) mantra and release a new generation of audio- enter LE Audio.
“Not only will LE Audio enhance Bluetooth audio performance, but it will also add support for hearing aids and enable Audio Sharing, an entirely new use case that is poised to once again transform the way we experience audio and connect with the world around us,” Bluetooth said.
LE Audio will support developments of the same audio products as Classic Audio, with the addition of new features to improve performance and enable new ones.
The features are:
- Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3) that will provide high quality even at low data rates.
- Multi-Stream Audio will enable the transmission of multiple, independent, synchronized audio streams between an audio source device, such as a smartphone, and one or more audio sink devices.
“For example, they can provide a better stereo imaging experience, make the use of voice assistant services more seamless, and make switching between multiple audio source devices smoother,” says WiFore Consulting CTO Nick Hunn.
- Bluetooth Hearing Aids for People with Hearing Loss.
- Broadcast Audio will enable an audio source device to broadcast one or more audio streams to an unlimited number of audio sink devices.
Bluetooth LE Audio is expected to be released halfway through 2020, for more information check out Bluetooth’s press release.