Google’s Pixel 7 series could come with higher quality Bluetooth audio support


In the past, audiophiles would disparage wireless headphones and earbuds, claiming that the lack of a wired connection results in lower quality audio. While that might have been true in the earlier days of Bluetooth headphones, a lot has changed over the years with the addition of new codecs and improvements made to Bluetooth technology.

The good news for those who are about the audio experience is that with Google’s upcoming Pixel 7 series, apparently one of the improvements we can look forward to is support for higher quality Bluetooth audio. This will come in the form of Bluetooth LE Audio which was initially spotted in Android 13, and will apparently be implemented in the Pixel 7 lineup that should consist of the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and the Pixel 7a.

The report from 9to5Google cites recent Android code change where a discussion amongst Googlers revealed that these changes could be applied to Google’s upcoming flagships. For those unfamiliar, one of the changes of Bluetooth LE Audio is the introduction of the LC3 codec that can produce higher quality audio at a lower bitrate, and that is the good news.

The bad news is that you will need a pair of headphones or earbuds that actually support it, which means that if you have an older pair of headphones or earbuds, there’s a chance you might not be able to take full advantage of it, but it could be a good thing in terms of futureproofing.

At the moment, Google’s own Pixel Buds Pro does not come with support for the feature, but maybe a future software update could change that.

Source: 9to5Google

Tyler Lee
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