Better Bluetooth audio technology for Pixel 7?

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Better Bluetooth audio technology for Pixel 7?

According to a new rumor, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro may support Bluetooth LE Audio. This is a technology that should enable more efficient wireless transmission of sound.

Google is about to launch new Pixel devices. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro should normally be released shortly. With we only about a month away from D-Day, the leaks and rumors about the two devices seem to be kicking into high gear. The design of these next phones from Google is no longer really a secret insofar as the firm has already let it leak. Ditto for the technical characteristics which have been the subject of multiple revelations in recent weeks. But while the data we currently have on both products is pretty comprehensive already, there are apparently still things we don’t know about them.


Credit: Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
Credit: Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro

For example, according to a new leak, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could come up with a new Bluetooth protocolnamely, Bluetooth LE Audio.

Clues discovered in the source code of the next Pixels

As its name suggests, this standard aims to improve the quality of audio streaming. The leak was reported by 9to5google, which claims to have spotted clues to this effect in the source code of the next Pixel smartphones. Concretely, indications suggesting the support of Bluetooth LE Audio were found in a device code change file named “p22” and “p23a”. If you follow the news, you will easily guess that the code name p22 (or p2022) is assigned to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, while the p23a refers to the Pixel 6a.

You should know that Bluetooth LE Audio is a new wireless audio standard using the LC3 codec. Already integrated into Android 13, it promises unprecedented sound quality at a lower bit rate than older Bluetooth protocols. According to the explanations of our source, this provides multiple advantages, especially in terms of battery life. Indeed, the use of a lower flow rate makes it possible to reduce energy consumption. Bluetooth LE Audio is also compatible with Auracast audio sharing.

No compatible equipment at this time

The question is to know which headphones or other audio equipment will take advantage of this technology that the Pixel 7 could offer when they are released. To our knowledge, there is currently no Bluetooth LE Audio compatible product on the market. In fact, even Google’s next wireless headphones, the Pixel Buds Pro, are not supposed to support this protocol. However, the Internet giant may deploy an update in the future to correct this shortcoming.

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