Reports say that when available, this feature will allow users to choose between the Android device’s built-in speakers and devices connected via Bluetooth or cast devices to play audio and even take calls.
Android audio output switcher for cast devices
Esper’s Mishaal Rahmaan has shared a tweet to reveal that an update released for Google Cast SDK (software development kit) suggests Android 13’s audio output switcher will not only include Bluetooth-paired devices but will also offer support for cast devices.
FINALLY! Google is reviving a feature originally planned for Android 11: the ability to pick from Google Cast targe… https://t.co/If2LRgeslK
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) 1665753285000
This upgrade will allow users to seamlessly transfer media and calling sessions between their Android devices and smart displays using the audio output switcher directly from the lock screen. The Twitter post also includes a demo video about how this updated feature may work.
The video further reveals an upcoming “stream expansion” feature that will help users to enable audio playback across multiple cast devices, simultaneously. However, Rahmaan came across multiple bugs while testing this feature which doesn’t seem like it’s ready for a wider rollout yet, The Verge reports.
Google wanted to expand the audio output switcher support for cast devices in 2020. However, that didn’t work out for unknown reasons. Now, the new development hints that the tech giant may finally add support for cast devices with an upcoming update.