Sony confirms Oreo will fix Bluetooth LDAC audio issue with Xperia phones
As some of you may already know, multimedia giant Sony is also known for contributing LDAC – a high quality wireless audio coding technology – to Android Oreo. But what you may not know is that the technology the company was busy baking into others’ products has itself been out of order for quite long now.
Back in February, Sony smartphone users started voicing on the official Xperia support forum about Bluetooth signal cut-outs with LDAC in picture. LDAC is basically Sony’s audio technology which delivers high-resolution audio while streaming music to headphones or wireless speakers over Bluetooth. But contrary to expectations, what users have been experiencing is frequently dropped audio signals even with LDAC compatible Bluetooth headphones.
The problem came to notice after updating to Android 7.1 (Nougat). Users noted that the LDAC signal drops while listening to music using Bluetooth headsets, despite enabling ‘best effort’ (which finds the best bitrate for the environment it is being used in) or ‘sound quality’ mode. Those affected also added that Bluetooth when used without LDAC functioned as expected.
After eight long months, the issue was finally officially acknowledged by the Japanese company recently. The Xperia support staff who confirmed the problem also mentioned that the upcoming Android 8.0 software releases will likely bring the fix.
Here’s the complete statement:
It’s worth mentioning that the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact already run Oreo, so it’s likely that the next incremental update will include the fix for these devices. For others, the Android 8.0 update should bring the fix along.