Today Google published the first Android 13 beta Build for supported Pixel devices. As with Esper.io Mishaal Rahman via Twitter, files built into the first Android 13 suggest that the Pixel 6 Pro may get an audio feature like Apple’s “Spatial Sound”. This feature adds dimension to things heard through headphones using software tweaks.
The spatializer effect is already included in the new beta, although not fully activated. A shared library for this feature was found in the “soundfx” folder, suggesting that such a feature could be available for the Google Pixel duo when the public builds of Android 13 officially roll out later in the year.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 26, 2022
Of course, we don’t know if the feature would come to fruition Pixel6, or even older Pixel devices. We’re also not sure if current or future Pixel Buds models will support a spatializer effect.
If such a feature arrives on the Google Pixel, the focus on audio would help Google better compete with Apple on the premium sound front. Such a move should also prompt Google to consider releasing an AirPods Max competitor.