Bluetooth Revisited

After much research prior to my 1st Android phone purchase, I settled on Google’s Pixel 2. Despite being extremely happy with the phone I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed with the Bluetooth specs Google had published for their latest greatest .. Bluetooth 5.0 + LE. That’s it. No aptX (never mind aptX HD). I wondered if I’d ever have a chance to hear aptX and it’s reported step-up in quality.

What the … ?

Reports of Android Oreo breaking Bluetooth abound online so a few days after the new phone arrived I decided to test the phone’s Bluetooth functionality. Not only was Bluetooth working flawlessly, it only took a couple of minutes to recognize a distinct sound quality up-tick. Curious, I tunneled further into the Bluetooth settings on my phone and discovered an aptX toggle button! Here’s a screenshot:

aptX

Searching online I found this thread on Android Central. The claim is Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, and aptX HD are all supported, as it is in Oreo. I still can’t find an official confirmation from Google but, my Pixel 2 tells me it’s using an aptX connection to the Node 2.

Toggling the switch on/off I can hear a distinct difference and the increase in sound quality is certainly enough for me to use this connection when I’m streaming music.

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