A January 2023 security patch has introduced support for static spatial audio on the latest Pixel phones. Google is now rolling out firmware update 4.30 for the Pixel Buds Pro wireless headphones, which supports spatial audio with head tracking (Spatial Audio).
A 3.14 firmware version on the Pixel Buds Pro headset was released last October, bringing a full 5-band EQ, left/right balance controls, bug fixes, and more.
After the update, going to the Pixel Buds Pro settings will reveal a new spatial audio menu that incorporates the main switcher and Head Tracking.
Google says that “the audio changes as you move your head to sound more natural,” and includes a demo video that lets you “hear how the audio changes.”
Google advises users to “hold the phone steady or place it on a stable surface or stand” when watching Dolby Audio or 5.1+ content. Supported streaming services include YouTube, Google TV, Disney+, HBO Max, and Netflix.
Make sure “Spatial Audio” is turned on at the bottom of the Bluetooth settings. It works with Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 7 and 7 Pro phones. The official said, “Spatial audio is not supported on Pixel Buds A series or Pixel A series phones.”
Google rolled out version 1.0.506492162 of the Pixel Buds app in mid-February of this year.
The relevant configurations. Google Pixel Buds Pro true wireless noise-canceling headphones have a custom audio chip, use a beam-shaped microphone, and have a battery life of 11 hours (ANC battery life is 7 hours). It is available in four colors: coral, lemongrass, fog and charcoal. Pixel Buds Pro supports easy switching between multiple devices. Including the charging case, the headset can last up to 33 hours (20 hours with ANC on).
The Google Pixel Buds Pro headset body cancels the earhook design, and the whole is more concise and capable. It weighs 6.1 grams per ear, contains a custom 6-core audio chip, supports Bluetooth 5.0 protocol, supports transparency/active noise reduction/call noise reduction functions, and supports IPX4 waterproof.