The quality of the audio experience on mobile devices hasn’t kept pace with other developments, according to a new report from ABI Research. It described audio as “the Achilles’ heel” of feature phones, smartphones and tablets.
However, the company also says next-generation devices are poised to deliver high-definition voice capability, while an increase in smart audio accessories will result in users spending more time using their devices.
Audio on mobile devices is expected to be transformed in the next few years by:
- Mobile network operators moving to Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services, which will bring HD voice to feature phones;
- More flagship devices using dedicated audio processors to address a wider range of usage environments;
- The audio accessory market reacting to poor audio quality by offering headsets, earbuds and sound bars. Annual revenue from headsets is expected to grow by over 50% to $1.4 billion (around £850 million) in 2019.
Jeff Orr, senior practice director at ABI Research, said “How is it that the mobile device market has managed to become so large and important, yet fail to impress when it comes to the quality of the audio experience? As users customize and personalize their mobile device, they increasingly want a better audio experience.”
[ABI Research Future Immersive Computing Research Service]