The bluetooth SIG has announced a new revision to the standard that will allow for several persons to share an audio stream.

This improvement will be welcome as it means a group of people can listen to a movie or corporate video without the need for speakers.

Bluetooth audio will soon support two operation modes. LE Audio will operate on the Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) radio while Classic Audio operates on the Bluetooth Classic radio (BR/EDR). LE Audio will support development of the same audio products and use cases as Classic Audio, while introducing new features to improve their performance as well as enable new ones.

People with hearing problems will appreciate the improvements which will allow them the ability to customize the audio.

LE Audio will also add Broadcast Audio, enabling an audio source device to broadcast one or more audio streams to an unlimited number of audio sink devices. Broadcast Audio opens significant new opportunities for innovation, including the enablement of a new Bluetooth use case, Audio Sharing. Bluetooth Audio Sharing can be personal or location-based.

The Bluetooth specifications that define LE Audio are expected to be released throughout the first half of 2020.