Google has released a new version of the Android operating system, which will come out to Pixel devices in January. This update is expected to add support for Spatial Audio. The company also said that it will fix a bug that prevented the devices using Bluetooth Low Energy from pairing and reconnecting.
Update will bring support for spatial audio
The first Android update of the year will bring support for spatial audio to Pixel phones. Spatial audio simulates surround sound in headphones. To enable spatial audio on your phone, you’ll need to use Bluetooth-connected headphones and play video with a 5.1 or higher audio track.
Google has been working on spatial audio since last September. It’s meant to provide an immersive cinema-like experience for movie watchers. Users will hear different sounds coming from various directions, allowing them to feel the action in a more immersive way.
Before the January update, users had to manually enable spatial audio in the device’s settings. The update will now allow you to see the Spatial Audio option when you open the Settings app. In addition, you’ll now receive notifications for the update when it’s available.
The January update will also include bug fixes and improvements to biometrics and response times. As a result of all of these changes, Pixel devices should now respond more quickly.
You’ll also be able to fix a Bluetooth connectivity issue. This means that you’ll no longer be unable to pair Bluetooth Low Energy accessories or headphones with your Pixel.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are among the phones getting this update. They’ll also get the improved under-display fingerprint recognition feature that was introduced with the latest iOS update.
Fixes a bug that prevented devices using Bluetooth Low Energy from pairing and reconnecting on the compatible Pixel models
Pixel 6a users will have a few extra days to prepare for a new update from Google that fixes a bug that prevented devices using Bluetooth Low Energy from pairing and reconnecting on compatible Pixel models. This update is expected to arrive Monday, February 6th.
GrapheneOS is an Android-based OS that uses an enhanced version of the Android Open Source Project disk encryption implementation. This allows a high-quality CSPRNG to be generated for the disk encryption keys. In addition, it has full support for hardware-based encryption.
In order to enable hardware-based encryption, the Android device must have software that can handle the hardware. It will also need ongoing support from the device manufacturer. The hardware must have the ability to buffer up to eight packets. To ensure compatibility, older apps will receive an empty value.
If you’re able to detect an error that indicates a bug, it’s a good idea to clear the memory and reboot the device. You can do this in the control center or through the settings menu.
Likewise, you’ll need to reset your network settings. Go to Settings> System> Advanced. If your network isn’t connected, select the Reset network settings option. A password will be required.
There’s also a nifty trick for ensuring your Bluetooth device is properly paired. First, you’ll want to find your Bluetooth device and make sure it’s on. After that, you’ll need to navigate to the Connected Devices section.
Recorder now has speaker labels
Google’s new Recorder app includes a feature called Speaker labels. The feature will automatically recognize different speakers in a recording. Assigning names to the identified voices and allowing users to edit them later is the next step.
Google’s speaker labels feature uses machine learning to recognize a speaker’s voice. A transcript is created that contains a list of what each speaker said. You can use the “Edit speaker labels” button to assign a name to a specific passage in the transcript. This will change the audio in the transcript.
It took a lot of thought to develop the Speaker labels feature. Google’s model occasionally makes corrections to low-confidence labels. However, it will be easier to predict speaker labels if you have more audio.
The “Edit speaker labels” button is available on the Pixel. You can edit the name of a speaker and also record using an external microphone.
Speaker labels are color-coded. Each label indicates the type of speaker and can be found as Speaker 1, Speaker 2, etc. If you are unsure what a specific label means, you can look at XDA Developers’ report.
The Turn-to-Diarize system works to detect changes in a speaker’s voice. The system uses a limited amount of computational resources on Pixel devices. But Google is working to make the system more efficient.