A code change in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) may indicate that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro this year and the Pixel 7a in 2023 may receive Bluetooth LE Audio support. This change will make listening to audio from wireless peripherals more efficient. By default in Android 13, there is an option for the phone to support “higher quality” or “higher bandwidth” audio. The feature may be coming to the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel 7a, according to a discussion spotted by 9to5Google that took place between two Google employees. Assuming all Pixel 7 models get Bluetooth LE Audio support, the benefits would include the higher efficiency of next-generation wireless headphones.
Phones that support the new standard will be able to send audio to both earbuds at the same time, rather than transmitting audio from one earbud to the other. Another improvement is the introduction of the LC3 audio codec, which compresses audio more efficiently than previous standards and, as a result, uses less data. The new codec can also adapt appropriately to multiple connections. For this to work, your phone and wireless headphones must support Bluetooth LE Audio or you won’t be able to enjoy these benefits. But there will soon be a lot of headphones with the technology, so it’s worth the wait until the technology gets to smartphones.