Pixel 8a might not support Android 15’s audio sharing feature

Google Pixel 8a Review AM AH 05

The upcoming Android 15 OS update will bring support for a much-awaited audio sharing feature for Android devices. The new functionality will make sharing audio between multiple devices much easier. The new major feature will be based on a new technology called Auracast, which was established by Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

We already know that it supports the latest Pixel 8 series of smartphones. However, there’s bad news for the recently launched Pixel 8a owners as the phone might not support Android 15’s audio sharing feature. According to Android expert Mishaal Rahman, the code within the Android Open Source Project indicates that Android 15’s new functionality will not work on the Pixel 8a or older Pixel devices.

Android 15’s audio sharing might not work on the Pixel 8a or older Pixel devices

According to the source, while the Pixel 8a supports Bluetooth LE Audio, it might not offer the upcoming audio sharing feature. Even, the Pixel 7 series of devices also support this technology. However, they might share the same fate as the Pixel 8a. It appears that Google doesn’t seem to have any plans to “enable the requisite broadcasting rules” on these Pixels yet.

As far as the latest Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are concerned, they will let you share content across multiple audio devices at the same time. Android 15 will certainly bring the Auracast functionality to more and more devices in near future.

The latest Android 15 betas don’t have support for the feature on the Pixel 8a

The source claims that he was able to enable LE Audio broadcast support on his Pixel 8 Pro. The support for this functionality was already there, and he just had to enable it by modifying the code. Google hasn’t yet enabled this system property by default on any Pixel phones right now, including the Pixel 8 Pro. However, as far as the Pixel 8a is concerned, the firmware is missing the conditional statements to enable audio sharing.

As of now, it looks like the Pixel 8a or the older Pixel devices might miss out on the audio sharing feature. However, there’s a possibility that the search engine giant could include support for it in the final build of Android 15. Only time will tell.

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