Google Pixel January 2023 updates bring spatial audio support and head tracking to arrive soon
Google has started rolling out the January 2023 update for Pixel handsets, which also includes the January 2023 Android security patch. The update is rolling out gradually over the next few weeks for Pixel devices running Android 13. Users will receive a notification when the OTA update is available for eligible Pixel smartphones. This update adds support for spatial audio to Pixel phones, allowing them to deliver surround sound with all supported accessories. There are also a few other general fixes included in this update.
Google announced on Wednesday that it has started rolling out the January 2023 Update for Pixel devices. This update brings Spatial Audio support to Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. This feature was previously spotted in the Android 13 QPR1 beta update. This technology is designed to capture audio signals and apply directional filters to create an immersive soundscape. The company has revealed that it will soon be rolling out an update for the Pixel Buds Pro to enable spatial audio support with head tracking.
Spatial audio is apparently only supported by Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio enabled devices. With this update, Google fixed an issue that “prevented certain Bluetooth Low Energy devices or accessories from pairing or reconnecting.” Another issue that prevented audio playback on some headphones has also been resolved.
The January 2023 update also brings additional improvements to fingerprint recognition and response times on Pixel 6a and Pixel 7. Another error that caused the smartphone to switch to landscape mode while being held in portrait mode has also been corrected.
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro also got a few more fixes with this update. Zoomed photos will no longer appear corrupted or distorted thanks to the included camera fix. Additionally, an error that prevented the device from waking up when turned on has been resolved.
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