Earlier today, Google released the first Android 13 Beta for supported Pixel devices.
According to information provided via Twitter by Mishaal Rahman of Esper. IO, files found in the first Android 13 version hint that the Pixel 6 Pro may get audio features similar to Apple’s “Spatial Sound.” The feature is tweaked with software to add more dimension to audio heard through headphones.
Rahman says that Android 13 Beta 1 has added a sound field location sound, although it is not fully enabled. A shared library for this feature was found in the “Soundfx” folder, indicating that such a feature could come to the Pixel 6 Pro when the official version of Android 13 starts rolling out later this year.
It’s unknown whether the feature will support Pixel 6, or even older Pixel devices, or whether current or future Pixel Buds models will support spatial audio effects. If the feature becomes a reality, it could help Google better compete with Apple in high-end audio devices, and such a move should also prompt Google to consider launching a competitor to the AirPods Max.