Standalone LE Audio Will Emerge Over Time
ABI Research also expects a third category of LE Audio-only devices will emerge. These devices will take full advantage of the new LE Audio features and differentiate in areas such as power consumption and cost. There are a number of Bluetooth® chipset suppliers who have emerged since the arrival of Bluetooth LE and have not had a Bluetooth Classic Audio portfolio or significant market share in the audio market. Here, there may be some new opportunities to get ahead of the curve and build a new presence in the LE Audio space. These chipset vendors have little to lose in terms of existing market share. Therefore, they can target new opportunities in a growing market across the hearing aid, true-wireless, and broadcast audio ecosystem.
One of LE Audio’s greatest achievements will be to open up the audio market to new entrants and make it easier to develop lower cost, lower complexity, non-proprietary products that have better synchronization, lower latency, improved power consumption, and that can enable new capabilities such as Auracast™ broadcast audio and assistive listening use cases in public venues. In addition, some incumbent vendors may offer separate LE Audio-only solutions alongside their dual-mode solutions. However, as Chart 2 shows, it will likely be post 2025 before LE Audio single-mode devices gain appreciable traction as it will rely on a significant installed base of LE Audio-capable source devices to emerge.
To learn more about how LE Audio will help establish new use cases and consumer experiences, open the audio ecosystem to new industry players, and enable the Bluetooth audio market to scale to new heights, read the full report: LE Audio: The Future of Bluetooth® Audio.