Google details the apps that will offer Spatial Audio on the Pixel, Buds Pro

Spatial audio doesn’t play on Pixel phones and Pixel Buds Pro until Januarybut today Google explained in detail how it works and which Android apps will be supported.

Movies is the intended use case for spatial audio on Pixel phones to provide an “immersive effect”. He. She It will be supported on the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 7 and 7 Pro, but it’s not clear if another update (January) is needed or if everything is already in place with QPR1 December correction. However, the above menu does not appear after the update (compared to during the trial period):

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Click on Sound and vibration > Spatial sound.
  3. Turn on spatial audio.

Google says “You can use Spatial Audio on your Pixel phone with movies from Netflix, YouTube, Google TV, and HBOMax that have 5.1 or higher soundtracks. You must wear headphones or earbuds.”

Meanwhile, Pixel Buds Pro owners can enable “tracked spatial audio.” This should require a new firmware:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Tap Connected devices > Pixel Buds Pro > Settings > Head tracking.
  3. Turn on head tracking.

Meanwhile, Google has the following advice:

  • Use content marked as Dolby audio, 5.1, or Dolby Atmos.
  • Keep your phone steady or place it on a stable surface or stand.

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