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Android 4.3 to bring virtual surround sound to the Nexus 10

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Android 4.3 to bring virtual surround sound to the Nexus 10
During today's announcement for the new Nexus 7, Google mentioned that the device would feature "virtual surround sound" which Hugo Barra claimed would sound as though you had a 5.1 stereo system. Well, it turns out that the feature isn't due to the hardware in the new Nexus 7, but rather the software of Android 4.3.

The changelog for the updated Google Play Movies & TV app says that in addition to adding support for the Chromecast, it adds "support for virtual surround sound on the new (2013) Nexus 7, and on the Nexus 10 running Android 4.3". So, obviously once the Android 4.3 update rolls out to Nexus 10 users, they will also be getting the new virtual surround sound. 

Android 4.3 to bring virtual surround sound to the Nexus 10

Of course, this also indicates that apps will have to update to take advantage of the virtual surround sound, so even after you get Android 4.3 on your Nexus 10, it may not change anything in other apps. It also seems to indicate that other manufacturers may have to do something on dual-speaker devices to enable the virtual surround sound with their Android 4.3 updates. 

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posted on 24 Jul 2013, 17:45 2

1. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

This is only for devices with dual speakers? Then the Google Edition One should be getting it as well.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 18:51

4. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

It should but that doesn't mean it will.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 00:01

5. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

I think the fact that Android JB works on both phones and tablets means its in there for the phones, being accessible is a whole other story. Google thought far enough ahead that bringing parity makes sense, same OS powers tablets and smartphones, just the form factor auto recognizes what the device is.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 12:29

7. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

Good to see Android is finally catching up with Symbian. I wish Android developers use Symbian flagship phones as examples, because I have to admit this Symbian OS has the best features for mobile until now. Andoid can do a lot of things, but too bad you have to root it and use custom ROMs. Version 5.0, can be perfect if all of these Symbian features comes out of the box.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 18:11 2

2. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

virtual sound? you can get that with eq changes.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 18:14

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 6601; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Hope it become a standard with programmable API so game developer can take advantage of.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 03:32

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Wow that's great!

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