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Google Pixel phones will get surround sound in the January update

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Google has rolled out the January update for its Pixel phones, which brings the trendy surround sound technology to some of the latest devices in the series.

The update, which mainly includes bug fixes and security updates, also introduces spatial audio for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7and Pixel 7 Pro phones. The technology is similar to surround sound and simulates different elements of sound coming at you from different directions.

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Quick update for Pixel Buds Pro will also bring head-tracking spatial audio, a revelation on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max for Apple Music subscribers. When you move your head, the soundscape changes, just like at a concert.

It’s unclear whether Apple Music for Android will be updated to support spatial audio, but Amazon Music also offers spatial audio, and Deezer also offers an option it calls 360 Reality Audio. Spotify doesn’t yet offer its own version of spatial audio in the app.

Elsewhere in the update, Google adds improved fingerprint recognition, better pairing with Bluetooth Low Energy accessories and better overall connectivity, as well as a fix for a camera issue “that sometimes causes captured photos to appear damaged or distorted when zoomed in.”

Elsewhere, there’s a fix for an issue that prevents the display from waking up from sleep mode, and another issue that causes the UI to display in landscape orientation, even in portrait mode. Phones running Android 13 will receive the update starting today.

“The rollout will continue over the next few weeks in phases based on carrier and device,” Google said in a statement on support page.

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