Google Pixel phones just got a fantastic free audio upgrade

The January update brings a long awaited feature to Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 6 phones

Google Pixel 7
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Since they launched late last year, the Google Pixel 7 and the Google Pixel 7 Pro have given Google's smartphone range a new lease of life. With a host of AI-powered features, like intelligent camera and photo editing functionality, the latest generation of Pixels have gone toe-to-toe with the best Android phones on the market.

One of the best bits about the Pixel range is the amount of regular updates that come through to the device. At the start of every month, users can download an update packed full of security upgrades and bug fixes, to keep their handset fresh. Occasionally, that update includes new features, too.

The January update has just dropped, and it includes Spatial Audio for the Google Pixel 6, the Google Pixel 6 Pro, the Google Pixel 7 and the Google Pixel 7 Pro. It's far from a secret – Google Pixel owners could download the beta version of the update from mid-December! But it's now here for everyone, and that's great news for audiophiles.

Whether you love listening to music, streaming movies and TV, or just fancy a more lifelike experience in video calls, Spatial Audio is a great feature. A bit like surround sound, Spatial Audio looks to mimic what you would hear in the room, with more accurate changes to sounds. In effect, you get a better sense of the direction sounds are coming from, which makes everything feel a bit more realistic.

Aside from the audio enhancements, users get an upgrade to fingerprint recognition and improvements to Bluetooth connectivity, as well as some bug fixes.

It's a welcome upgrade for Pixel users, who'll be able to enjoy higher quality audio. For everyone else, it's another reason to consider the Pixel when it comes to upgrading your handset. If you're thinking about it, check out our guide to the best Google Pixel 7 deals, which will help to make sure you're getting the best price.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.