Before Apple got around to officially announcing Dolby Atmos support in Apple Music, along with Lossless Audio, it was the Apple Music Android app that hinted at its impending arrival. But then the rumor mill suggested that app wouldn’t get support for the new feature. Now, here we are and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos is out there in the wild, and Android support is indeed in the works.
That’s according to a discovery made late last night by TechCrunch. For those who were watching yesterday, Apple actually launched Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, along with Lossless Audio, to the public yesterday. And it turns out that the intro page for the new features, which launches for the first time when you open Apple Music after activating Spatial Audio, says that Android support is coming soon.
Unfortunately, that intro page doesn’t say when support will arrive.
Per the original report:
Meanwhile, Spatial Audio will be enabled by default on hardware that supports Dolby Atmos, like Apple’s AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip. The latest iPhone, iPad and Mac models also support Dolby Atmos. Spatial Audio on Apple Music will also be “coming soon” to Android devices, Apple said.
Unsurprisingly, Apple has only specifically name-dropped Apple devices that offer support for Spatial Audio. However, as mentioned above, there were definitely hints that Android support was in the works. All of that came to a halt, though, when it was reported in May that Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos support wouldn’t be coming to Android after all.
But, it appears Apple has decided to go ahead and confirm that Android support is coming. Some day. And that’s good news! Spatial Audio is a pretty great feature, and it should be as widely available as possible. Especially since Apple obviously plans on Spatial Audio being the new default from this point on.