Google introduced a new feature to Android 13 that will enable users to switch audio output based on device proximity, where users will get notifications on their phones/tablets asking for their permission to switch to the nearest output device, including phone, speakers, headphones, TV, car, and more.
“We’re developing a way to carry audio content with you throughout the day. With notifications on your devices, you’ll be able to tap to start listening to a podcast in the car, continue on your phone and headphones and finish on your TV at home,” Google said in a blog post.
The company added, saying it is working with Spotify and YouTube Music for this.
How will this audio feature work?
Once the feature is available on Android 13, users will be able to switch the audio output device based on their location. For example, if you’re listening to music or podcasts on your bedroom speaker and you go to a shared room with another speaker.
And the phone will receive a notification asking if you want to listen to music on the speaker in the common room, and if you agree, it will start playing music in the common room, and Google says that the feature uses the cross-device software development kit (SDK) that it released last year.
The technology also uses Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, and ultra-broadband to detect audio devices that are physically close to the user. Apparently, the technology can switch audio playback from a Bluetooth speaker to a smartphone if the user answers a call.
And Android 13 got an updated media player on the phone’s lock screen and notification section that allows users to quickly choose compatible Bluetooth devices or Chromecast built-in to play content on them. This functionality is currently available with YouTube and YouTube Music.