In December 2022, we reported that Google would enable spatial audio on Pixel 7 and 6 series smartphones in the January update. Google enables spatial audio on said smartphones with the January 2023 patch update. Earlier, the toggle to enable spatial audio was found on Pixel 6 Pro with the Android 13 QPR1 Beta 1 update. However, the later updates took that toggle away. Later in December, the spatial audio came back through a feature drop update.
With the enabling of spatial audio, the Google Pixel Buds Pro has more competition with Airpods Pro. Because it was the Airpods Pro that made spatial audio popular. Spatial audio would create a multi-speaker surround effect in a 360-degree sound format. Google will also enable the Head tracking feature along with Spatial Audio. The Pixel Buds Pro will require an update to enable the Head tracking feature. It will identify your head movements and customize the spatial effect.
The feature helps to create a feeling that you are moving through a room full of speakers. Earlier, we’d made a list of apps that supports spatial audio. Google skips the spatial audio support for the Pixel 6a smartphone. The update also supports Spatializer API, which creates an experience as if the listener listens from virtual speakers around him.
It has access to explore the capabilities and behavior of sound spatialization on the device. The January 2023 patch update will take time to reach all the eligible units. Currently, the firmware is rolling out for the Verizon carrier-locked units of Pixel smartphones.