Android 13 brings spatial audio to Google Pixel phones, with head tracking on Pixel Buds Pro
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Google have begun rolling out support for static spatial audio on Google Pixel phones running Android 13. Pixel Buds Pro gain head tracking.
Android 13 is rolling out spatial audio for any connected headset. Spatial audio provides the listener with a surround sound-like experience from a stereo device, such as headphones. This is a feature that launched on Apple devices in 2021, with support for head tracking on AirPods and Beats headphones.
Google first tested spatial audio in Android 13 betas last year. Google will roll out spatial audio over the next few weeks depending on carrier and device. The update comes to Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. You should receive a notication once the update is available. Spatial audio will be enabled for all 5.1 or higher audio tracks on apps including Netflix, YouTube, Google TV and HBO Max. Static spatial audio will be available “for any connected headset”, while Pixel Buds Pro will also gain head tracking in the coming weeks.