Spatial audio on Android will be limited to a few apps

Spatial audio is very interesting if you get the chance to use it. A feature that’s been available on iPhones for quite some time now is finally making its way to Android in a somewhat limited way. It’s been a while since Google announced the feature, though, and we won’t see it appear until January.

However, we finally have details on how the feature works alongside supported apps, and honestly, you’ll be disappointed to see the list.

Spatial audio is being dropped to Pixel phones but will not be widely supported

Let’s get out of the way. At launch, Spatial Audio will only be available on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series phones. Google claims it will allow users to enjoy content with an “immersive effect.” Unfortunately, we’re unsure when the update will roll out in January, but Google was kind enough to share how enable it.

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

Google also mentioned a small list of apps that will support Spatial Audio, at least at launch. The apps that will support this feature are:

  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Google TV
  • HBOMax

The catch here is that these apps are supposed to have 5.1 or higher audio tracks, and you can only do this with headphones or earbuds.

Moreover, if you have a Pixel Buds Pro, Google has something called Spatial Audio for you. Here’s how you can enable that.

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Tap Connected devices > Pixel Buds Pro > Settings > Head tracking.
  3. Turn on head tracking.
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Last but not least, Google has mentioned that in order to use Spatial Audio the right way and get the best experience, you have to listen to content defined as Dolby Audio, 5.1, or Dolby Atmos.

Google also said that you should use headphones with “Made by Google” or “Made for Google” on them because they are certified to work with Pixel phones. You can read all about the new feature here.

Looking forward to Spatial Audio on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series? Tell us what you think of the new feature.

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