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Music Apps To Come To Android As Jelly Bean Addresses Audio Latency

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)Whilst there are more Android than iOS devices sold each month, almost all the high quality audio apps have so far been developed for Apple’s iPhones and iPads due to Android having major latency issues. The release of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) has, however, seen Google address a number of these issues – bringing the latency down to under 10ms in some cases.

The Android developers have targeted OpenSL, Audio Pool, and Tone Generator for the latency improvements, and have brought it down from around 100ms on a Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 (Ice cream Sandwich) to 12ms on the same device running Jelly Bean. They have not finished yet either, as they plan to get the latency down to under 10ms on the Galaxy Nexus, and whilst these improvements will be device dependent – the hardware of most high-level Android devices sold in the last year is capable of these improvements.

Additionally, the team have added support for USB audio to Jelly Bean, which means that hardware vendors can start to manufacture audio interfaces and docks that work directly with Android devices, with this functionality also exposed in the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK) to give all developers the chance to create their own hardware.

It is about time the iPad and iPhone had some competition on the audio side of things, and Jelly Bean appears to be a huge leap in the right direction. And when these high quality apps start to be developed for Android, you can be sure that we’ll be reviewing and listing them in our music app store.

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