You know that spatial voice is the moment when wireless operators decide to create their own implementations of it. Verizon has announced a new audio feature called “Verizon Adaptive Sound,” and the company claims it “delivers a great surround sound experience no matter what headphone, soundbar, or in-ear headset you’re using, or what app you’re watching or listening to.”
The sound trick, which Verizon says has been at work since 2019, will first hit Motorola phones, including the new Motorola One 5G UW Ace, which goes on sale on July 8th. The Motorola Edge Plus also just received a firmware update that seems to add to this feature, as stated Droid life.
Verizon Adaptive Sound is integrated with the audio setup menu on Android devices. From there, you can adjust the sliders for treble, bass, sound enhancement, and spatial surround sound. For those who want to completely ignore the VAS and hear everything normally, it can toggle on or off the settings.
“While some technology solutions have tried to provide first-class audio experiences for some specific (usually expensive) devices and a limited subset of content, most devices and content experiences have been moved to a separate, suboptimal, and lowest common denominator — as,” a Verizon spokesman and Amazon. “We wanted to change it.” Some devices that provide 360-degree sound indeed come to the fees.
Verizon Adaptive Sound is based on an “innovative software and cloud-based solution,” the spokesman said. It’s on the vague side, so I’ve asked the operator for more details on how it works and what it does. Is this just some kind of gimmick, a fake virtual space effect? Or does it mix Dolby Atmos channels (if available) to get an audio profile similar to Apple’s spatial audio?
Apple Spatial Audio works with AirPods in-ear headphones and AirPods Max headphones to create immersive surround sound – with head tracking – as you watch TV shows and movies in supported applications. The company has recently added spatial sound to Apple Music, although the results are very inconsistent.
Verizon’s big talk seems to be general support for hardware and streaming services. But before we can let Verizon Adaptive Sound test ourselves on one of these Moto devices, we can’t say how it compares to current approaches.
The feature “will be available in the future to a wider range of new devices as well as some existing devices through a wireless software update,” Verizon said. My initial wound was that we see this mostly in entry-level and mid-range 5G phones, but the operator told me it’s not specifically budget devices. Does this mean that Verizon is forcing this on sound settings like the Samsung Galaxy S21? So far, Motorola is the only designated partner.