The latest update (Fuel OS version 1.2.00), which is being rolled out now, includes what is known as the Audio Effects feature. This will allow users to change sound effects for audio playback across all media and streaming apps installed on their Mark 1 phone. In fact, the Audio Effects feature will also work with Android games. The update is just 29MB in size to download, and takes about 9 minutes to install once it is downloaded.
The way this update embeds the feature into the Android operating system allows for system-wide integration of the new sound modes, rather than be limited to just some apps. The Audio Effects feature essentially has five pre-sets, called Clear Voice, Bass Boost, Balanced, Acoustic, and 3D Surround. But you are not restricted to just these five audio output profiles, and we were able to create new pre-sets based on how we decipher sound, by tweaking any of these modes. This new feature is available at Settings -> Sound -> Audio Effects. Incidentally, you can also toggle between these modes during audio playback by pressing one of the volume buttons on the side of the phone, and selecting the drop-down menu that shows up on the screen.
Within each of these modes, Creo has made available an exhaustive range of settings with a bunch of sub-settings for each, which may just overwhelm most users, but will delight someone who genuinely loves their music streaming. There is the equalizer, virtual loudness mode, bass boost and bass boost type (natural bass, PureBass+ and Subwoofer), clarity mode and type (Natural, Ozone+, Xhifi) and further levels for each. You will also be able to set the reverberation level and also tell the software how big the room size is (quite relevant if you are streaming music to a speaker). There is also the device correction option, in which you can tell the software which headphone or earphone you are using, and it’ll tweak the sound for that exact hardware. There is essentially a huge database of headphone hardware that is identifiable by the Mark 1, and matches your selection to the best settings.
The true benefit of these new sound modes would be felt on good quality headphones or earphones, and speakers. As you toggle between the modes, the changes in bass, clarity as well as the soundstage become very apparent. We were using the Bang & Olufsen Form 2i headphones and the Marshall Kilburn speaker, and the improvements in overall sound are undeniable.