Verizon has announced Adaptive Sound, a feature that aims at bringing the spatial-audio experience to Android devices. The first Android phone to come with the feature is the Motorola One 5G UW Ace.
The Verizon Adaptive Sound claims to bring spatial surround experience to all phones irrespective of the brand of headphones, earbuds, or soundbars you’re using. The feature will also work on Dolby Atmos-enabled content.
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If you’re unfamiliar with it, spatial audio is a feature that Apple introduced with the AirPods. It detects the position of your head and delivers a natural-sounding, immersive surround sound. However, AirPods start at around $150.
Verizon Adaptive Sound claims to bring the spatial surround sound experience to any earphones. It is a mobile audio solution from the company and will also let you tinker with the feature in detail.
The Motorola One 5G UW Ace will be the first Android device to sport this feature. The company says the feature “will be made available on a broader portfolio of new devices in the future, as well as some existing devices via an over-the-air software update.”
According to the press release, you’ll be able to manually control different settings like treble, bass, spatial voice, and so on.
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While it looks like a promising feature, we’re yet to see how the Verizon Adaptive Sound compares with Spatial Audio. Apple uses multiple sensors to deliver a polished surround sound experience.
Considering Verizon is pushing this as a software solution, it is likely to have its own limitations. Anyway, Android is long overdue for an audio experience refresh, and Verizon’s move does that.