The first Bluetooth LE Audio-compatible devices to hit the market this year

The Bluetooth LE Audio specification was announced in early 2020, and the Bluetooth SIG organization had hoped that compatible devices would be released before the end of the year. However, due to the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, the launch plan of Bluetooth LE Audio has been delayed.

According to the latest news from foreign media The Verge, the Bluetooth SIG organization said that the first Bluetooth LE Audio-compatible products should be available before the end of this year.

"Today is a proud day for the Bluetooth SIG member community, as our members overcame many of the challenges they faced over the past few years to complete the largest specification in Bluetooth SIG history," said Mark Powell, CEO of the Bluetooth SIG, according to reports. A development project, Bluetooth LE Audio expands the possibilities of the wireless audio market."

Bluetooth LE Audio, a new generation of Bluetooth audio technology standards, can not only improve the performance of standard Bluetooth audio but also have a variety of new application cases. Its main feature is the inclusion of a new high-quality, energy-efficient  LC3 audio codec.

The LC3 encoder transmits data via LE Isochronous Channels and utilizes new middleware to deliver and control audio content. For consumers, LE Audio technology can be more energy-efficient, can support smaller Bluetooth audio devices, extend battery life , and is compatible with the existing aptX protocol. LE Audio enables audio listening, video playback, voice/video calling, and intelligent voice assistant control. It aggregates multi-stream audio capabilities and broadcast audio capabilities, allowing users to share audio with multiple devices, to multiple Bluetooth speakers or headphones. In addition, location-based audio sharing allows group visitors to listen to shared Bluetooth audio explanations in public places such as museums and galleries. This feature can also be used in conference centers.

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