google is apparently preparing its own version of Spatial Audio technology with Android 13 and will probably activate the Pixel 6 series of phones soon. Without going into the technicalities, Spatial Audio paves the way for a more immersive music listening experience, making users feel like they are right in the middle of the entire event. It is essentially a 360 degree surround sound experience with a directional aspect, provided by the magic of head radiation.
For example, Apple’s AirPods and some Beats headphones have a custom headphone jack. The company later introduced room audio support on the iPhone 7 and later models, expanding the source to include iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs. However, Apple isn’t the only brand with the right to stand out. Sony offers its own version of Spatial Audio technology called 360 Reality Audio in their latest generation earphones. And it looks like Google is next in line to add support for the audio trick mentioned at the hardware level on your phones.
Mishal Rahman de Esper tuitou a code snippet from the first public beta of Android 13 that launched earlier this week mentions something called an “audio enhancer effect.” Once activated, it opens the way to Space Audio on compatible hardware. The hardware in question is the Pixel 6. Rahman duo, which document all the resources on Android 13 development since the first Developer Preview, have also extracted a shared library called “soundfx”, named after Spatial Audio technology. The Spatializer effect mentioned above ships with Android 13 Beta 1, at least in your current code, and will likely be a fully functional resource when the update launches in September or October.
Starting from the premise that Spatial Audio is reaching the Pixel 6 series phones seems interesting, but still remains a mystery. It’s unclear whether Spatial Audio in Pixel 6 will use any form of existing high-end hardware to deliver an instantly immersive audio experience or whether special audio equipment will be required. Google added a new Adaptive Sound source to the Pixel 6 in late 2021 through a software update, allowing phones to adjust the audio signal of advanced users based on data recorded with the microphone. Meanwhile, there’s certainly a possibility that a native space audio experience could reach the Pixel 6 and its Pro variant, in the same way that Apple smartphones do. Obviously, it would not be the same for the immersive experience obtained with dedicated audio equipment with headband streaming technology for a surround sound experience.
Apple, on the other hand, will launch support for Spatial Audio technology with Dolby Atmos on Android phones in July 2021. The only feature is, of course, if the phone offers audio hardware adapted for Dolby Atmos. Defying its rivalry with Sonos, Google recently expanded its audio efforts, spending thousands of dollars on acquisitions, patents, and talent. With the partial purchase of Synaptics’ audio hardware business in 2021, Google is offering patents for technology such as “balanced sterile audio telephones,” according to a report by protocol† google also includes 3D audio startup Dysonics, which has been working on “motion streaming technology for hearing aids,” much like Apple’s take on Spatial Audio for its line of last-generation AirPods.
Origin: Mishaal Rahman/Twitterprotocol