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Sony 360 Reality Audio technology could be coming to Android.
Sony’s 360 Reality Audio technology may soon be coming to Android. According to XDA, developers from Google and Sony have submitted code reviews that mention 360 Reality Audio to AOSP. That’s to say, the two companies have joined forces to bring Sony’s 360 to Android phones.
Sony’s new audio format call for the music provider to support it. Nevertheless, output devices doesn’t call for any particular hardware to enable 3D audio playback.
This technology works with ordinary speakers or headphones. Though you’d get better results with speakers built for 360 Reality Audio.
Tidal, Amazon Music HD and Nugs.net are the only three music streaming services that offers 360 Reality Audio tracks currently. Obviously, the company’s own phones come with this Audio technology as built-in.
Sony announced its 360 Reality Audio technology at CES 2019. Sony’s alternative is open to all. Unlike some rival codecs which calls for software developers or hardware manufacturers to license a proprietary solution.
Sony President, Mike Fasulo said back in November 2019, in his words – “Yes, our great engineers created the technology, but we want it to be an open platform. We want competitors to join.” This is the exact thing happening at the moment.
Sadly, there’s no timeframe as to when this effort will come to play. We hope this developments will progress fast enough so the 360 Reality Audio technology will ship together with Android 12 later this year.