What to look forward to: Bluetooth audio devices are more popular than ever, but so far their sharing has been limited to streaming audio to one or two devices. Thanks to a new technology called Auracast, Bluetooth devices will soon be able to broadcast audio to all other Bluetooth devices in range.

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This week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) quietly announced a new Bluetooth capability that will be a boon for everyone from audiophiles to the average consumer who loves the convenience of wireless audio.

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The new technology is called Auracast and is based on the existing Audio Sharing feature that is part of the LE Audio protocol. The latter only provides point-to-point communication and audio sharing with two headphones or speakers, but Auracast will allow Bluetooth devices to broadcast audio to any number of other devices within range.

Simply put, one Bluetooth device will be able to announce its ability to broadcast audio to nearby Bluetooth receivers, and those devices will receive instructions on how to join the Auracast transmission. The Bluetooth SIG says the user interface will be similar to that used on public Wi-Fi networks, and streaming can also be restricted to certain devices that have the correct passcode.

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This means you’ll be able to do things like hook up to a TV in a public place, share a presentation with multiple people, or listen to one of several music playlists at the gym just by tuning into it. In addition, it will improve the sound quality for people who need hearing aids.

Peter Liu, system architect for Pixel Ecosystem Products at Google, said in a statement, “We’re proud to be working with the Bluetooth SIG and excited to see this capability provide consumers with new, creative ways to connect and listen with each other.” their world.” This seems to suggest that Auracast functionality could be added to devices such as Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Proas well as Pixel 6a.

Organizations such as the American Hearing Association are expressing their support for Auracast, and companies such as Google and Xiaomi are already working to support the new standard, which should help in its adoption. The Bluetooth SIG says that the final Auracast specification will be released in the coming months.