Android 10 ms problem: Explaining the delay of Android audio path

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3 min readApr 27, 2018

Many mobile applications are very dependent on low-frequency features such as games, synthesis software, DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations), audio interactive applications and analog musical instrument applications, and upcoming analog reality applications, all of which are due to the Apple platform ( App Store + IOS devices) are rapidly evolving.

The Android 10ms problem is not much known, but if you can prevent such applications from being generated or even released in an acceptable manner at this android critical point, it will be a huge technical challenge and will have a huge impact

We must solve this problem. This article explains the Google Nexus 9 Android 10 ms problem in a very easy-to-understand way.

Delay of Android audio path

Android’s 10 ms issue and Android audio path delay affect

Although the music application accounted for 3% of the total IOS App Store cuts ,In terms of Android. That is a sad story. The income from the music store application in the play store never squeezed into the top 5.

Both the input and the output of the same mobile device audio require some sort of processing and the delay is different. As musicians say. We humans are very comfortable with this 10ms delay. As long as it is high, it will affect our comfort.

Most Android applications have over 100ms of audio input delay and more than 200ms of round-trip (audio input and output) latency. To provide you with a quick understanding, just like the drummer in Oscar’s Whiplash movie

Analog audio input

There may be many different analog components, such as the preamplifier’s built-in microphone. These analog components can be considered as “zero delay” because in this case their true delay is usually less than 1 millisecond in amplitude. If it is much more than that one then there exists a problem with the Audio jack circuit which needs a replacement, It is advisable to visit any Authorized oneplus service center in Bangalore for the audio jack replacement.

Let us study about the audio path delay

Android Audio Path Delay Case Study: Google Nexus 9

Nexus9 has performed best in audio delay tests so far. The best result is 35 milliseconds using a USB sound card or microphone input and output directly connected to the headphone connector. A special audio adapter disables the built-in microphone array noise reduction/feedback destruction function, which adds an extra delay of ~13ms.

So, using the same model as above, let’s break down the Nexus 9’s 35 millisecond audio latency,

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