Google made a major announcement on Tuesday with the rollout of the first Android 13 beta. the Google Pixel 6 series. The information leaked on Twitter via Esper.io’s Mishaal Rahman, who also shared screenshots to back up his claims. Android 13 Beta 1 comes with a spatialization effect, but it’s not fully functional yet. The spatial audio feature may be ready when the final version of Android 13 is ready to roll out to the public, which is expected to happen in fall 2022.
Rahman found a library file for the spatializer audio effect in the ‘soundfx’ folder. Information received so far suggests Google’s support for spatial audio in upcoming devices with Android 13, which could arrive later this year. Google hasn’t given any clarification on whether such a feature will be included in the Pixel 6 series or the upcoming Pixel 6 models.
There is, however, no clear information on how Google will include the feature and whether it will require a particular headset or work well with any equipment. With the introduction of spatial audio, Google is moving into the premium sound market to compete with Apple. It will be interesting to see if Google ends up introducing spatial audio to its devices with Android 13 this year.
Besides spatial audio support, the Android 13 Beta 1 rollout hinted at several other upgrades. The announcement included mention of new privacy features such as notification permission and photo picker, as well as mention of APIs to improve user experience. These APIs will feature themed app icons, quick settings tile placement, and per-app language support. Android 13 Beta 1 will also ship with support for Bluetooth LE audio and MIDI 2.0 over USB.
For those who haven’t tested the Android developer previews yet, you can now download and test the latest Android 13 beta in just a few simple steps. Google invited users to provide feedback on Android 13 Beta 1 by enrolling all supported Pixel devices.