AUDIO Posts on XDA

PSA: Disabling Accessibility Services Breaks OK Google Audio Feedback on Nougat

"OK Google, what's the weather like tomorrow." The Google App's voice recognition feature is incredibly useful for answering many basic questions, though the feature tends to be underutilized in public spaces. Many phones with dedicated voice processing chips are able to summon Google Search with a simple hotword, and if your phone isn't silenced you'll...

Killing the 3.5mm Jack: How Simple is Changing into Needlessly Complicated

You could almost hear the sound of the nails pounding down into the proverbial coffin this week when Lenovo announced the Moto Z sans the 3.5mm headphone jack. Lenovo is not the first company to drop this port in favor of a thin body, LeEco has done it as well, but it is the first...

Marshmallow Reduces Audio Latency – But it’s still not enough

With each iteration of Android, Google boasts a reduction in audio latency in an effort to finally entice music professionals and music application developers to bring their work over to Android. For good reason, too, because despite making up only 3% of the total application downloads on the iOS App Store, music apps are the 3rd...

Android’s Audio Latency Problem

There's been noticeable disquiet around the combination of Android and audio for many years, and understandably so. We posted an article last month on how the changes in the upcoming Android M could affect the implementation of audio applications and what we hoped that would mean for the platform as a whole, and since then...

Audio-Focused APIs Mark Promising Direction for Android

Aside from Android, I've maintained a healthy interest in writing and producing music over the years, and unfortunately I've never quite found a compelling use for my smartphone as part of my audio set-up. Annoyingly for me, Apple have always had a bit of a head start here, or more rather an increased focus on...