Google's Pixel Buds Pro wireless earbuds to receive spatial audio update in March

Google's latest update to the Pixel Buds app is expected to bring spatial audio to Pixel Buds Pro wireless earbuds in March. The app's hidden menu includes switches to enable spatial audio and head tracking, with a demo built in to preview the effect of the feature. However, the feature only works with supported content, so users should check for compatibility before use.

Pixel Buds Pro features

Google Pixel Buds Pro true wireless noise-cancelling headphones have a custom audio chip, beam-shaped microphone and last up to 11 hours (7 hours with ANC). The earbuds are available in four colors: coral, lemongrass, fog and charcoal. Pixel Buds Pro supports easy switching between multiple devices, and with the charging box, the headset can last up to 33 hours (20 hours with ANC on). The earbuds weigh 6.1 grams per ear and feature a custom 6-core audio chip, Bluetooth 5.0 protocol, transparency/active noise reduction/call noise reduction functions and IPX4 waterproof rating.

Spatial audio features

Through the January update, Google brought native support for spatial audio to Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones. This adds a directional filter to the sound and simulates a surround sound experience when listening to music or watching content from supported apps. The latest update to the Pixel Buds app brings this feature to the wireless earbuds, with the ability to enable head tracking for a more immersive experience.

The future of spatial audio

Spatial audio has gained popularity in recent years, with Apple's AirPods Pro and Max featuring the technology. While Pixel Buds Pro is late to the game, it is a welcome addition for those who enjoy an immersive listening experience. As more content is created to support spatial audio, it is likely that more headphones will adopt the feature.

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