Google to support older audio codecs to address recent Froyo sound issues

As Android 2.2 is slowly being pushed to more and more phones, people are discovering that the streaming audio quality in programs like Pandora and Slacker Radio isn’t quite up to snuff.  The culprit is Google’s new Stagefright media framework, which emphasizes support for new codecs while leaving older codecs, and the streaming services that still use them, out in the cold.  It seems Google assumed everyone would just adapt to the new standard, but this mindset has created a bit of a predicament for Android and the phone manufacturers, who are now placed with the burden of having to bring the updates themselves.  Android developers are now beginning to commit code to address the issue, but it remains unclear how long it will take for support for these older audio codecs to be pushed to phones running Froyo.

[via GoogleCode]