Saturday, 23 June 2018

Galaxy Tab S tablet volume goes up and down: Farming Simulator 18

I was listening to BBC iPlayer (in Chrome) on my son's Galaxy Tab S and I noticed that the volume kept going up and down. All rather annoying. My other son's Tab S was doing the same. Other people have complained about this too.

So I did some debugging.

I put the Tab into developer mode, connected the USB and ran adb logcat > c:\temp\debug.txt from a command prompt.

Whenever the volume dropped I looked for patterns. I started to notice
requestAudioFocus() from$8d530e6org.chromium.content.browser.AudioFocusDelegate$f901627 req=3flags=0x0

AudioManager dispatching onAudioFocusChange(-3)

AudioFocus  abandonAudioFocus() from$8d530e6org.chromium.content.browser.AudioFocusDelegate$f901627

AudioManager dispatching onAudioFocusChange(1)

So I ran baretail with the syntax highlighting turned on and it confirmed the pattern was happening whenever the volume dropped.

Looking at the documentation it indicated that the audio was requesting to be reduced (and then subsequently returned to normal).

I ran adb shell ps > c:\temp\process to determine the process names that correlated to the PIDs in the log output.

Looking further in the logs I could see entries like  14229 W AudioTrack: AUDIO_OUTPUT_FLAG_FAST denied by client; transfer 1, track 48000 Hz, output 44100 Hz

/system/bin/mediaserver  9422 W AudioPolicyIntefaceImpl: Skipped to add effects on session 332

Farming Simulator 18? What is this doing? It is installed, but not running in the foreground. It kept trying to do something with the audio.

It also kept trying to download some Javascript.  I chromium: [INFO:CONSOLE(1)] "05bd228f", source: (1)

So I uninstalled it. And the audio is back to normal!

The problem is known as "ducking". This article provides greater background.

It seems like Farming Simulator 18 was causing the problem. It was also installed on my other son's tablet.

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