Audio Problems. Different websites?
I have had a rather large hiatus from Duo, thus missing important updates and discussions. I scarcely remember reading about the 'new web' (which is probably somewhat old now), which in a sum up was basically a faster Duolingo. With that update came with the loss of certain privileges I believe, which became the loss of audio with certain web browsers. In which was a rather extensive and unnecessary explanation, my question is: Which browsers does the 'new' audio system support?
The new audio API is supported by Chrome, MicroSoft Edge, and more recent versions of Firefox but Internet Explorer, and Safari do not.
My understanding from it at the time was that only speech recognition ("speaking exercises") was meant to be disabled in other browsers:
Why don't I get speaking exercises anymore?
Speaking exercises on the new website only work on browsers that support the Web Speech API, the most popular being Chrome. Unfortunately, the old speech system was outdated and a burden on our system. If you use the Chrome browser, you will get speaking exercises again.
They link through to a page which has a compatibility chart: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Web_Speech_API#Browser_compatibility
Other trouble with audio may occur, for example: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26982720
I found that post by scrolling through the Popular tab of the Troubleshooting tab. There are a few more examples there of other recent audio problems. I did not have to look far. If you have audio problems on Duolingo, why not follow the advice Duolingo give: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204882510-My-sound-is-not-working-What-can-I-do-
If there has been further official information about audio on Duolingo I would like to read it.
The most recent new web thing on Duolingo is the crowns update, which you're probably already getting familiar with. Going by posts in Troubleshooting for some this update fixed some audio issues, for others it made some.