Testing spatial audio on the Pixel 7 is a confusing but delightful experience

Google Pixel 7 Pro connected to Pixel Buds Pro and showing settings including spatial audio

Credit: Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

Google recently started rolling out spatial audio support to its latest Pixel phones and Pixel Buds Pro. The feature aims to replicate on headphones a similar surround experience to the one you get from strategically placing multiple speakers around you. While spatial audio is nothing new, it’s still an interesting addition to the Pixel line-up that improves your auditory experience — well, once you figure out how to really use it.

Google’s implementation is, for now, different from Apple’s spatial audio. Head tracking isn’t available on Pixel phones, so you can’t tilt and turn your head to feel the sound realistically shifting with each movement. Music apps aren’t supported either, so you’re limited to video — again, for now.

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