The Google Pixel 7a may come with support for Bluetooth LE Audio, the new standard that provides great audio output. Google still hasn’t launched the Pixel 7 series, which is expected to include the vanilla Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. In fact, the company has added support for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio in Android 13 which will allow users to enjoy better synced audio with less delay. The development comes weeks after Google launched the Pixel 6a globally, including in India.
Quoting comments posted by Google employees on the code collaboration platform Gerrit, a report good by 9to5google suggests that the company is producing two sets of smartphones. One of the comments mentions “p22/p23a”, which is believed to be a reference to the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7a. The P22 could be a reference to the Pixel smartphones launching in the fall of 2022 – which are the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The P23a could be a reference to the A-series smartphone to be launched in 2023, which is believed to be the Pixel 7a. The code suggests that all three phones will have Bluetooth LE audio support.
The report also suggests that since the Pixel 7 series and Pixel 7a are mentioned together, this could mean that the high-quality support for Bluetooth LE audio is part of the second-generation Google Tensor chip. The current generation of smartphones – Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a – are powered by the first generation Google Tensor chip. They may or may not offer the same high quality audio experience as the Pixel 7 series, however, Google has added support for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio to Android 13, which is already available on the Pixel 6. Has been rolled out in Series and Pixel. 6a..
It is to be noted that one must have both earphones or headphones as well as Bluetooth LE audio support on the input device. Currently, there are not many devices that support the latest audio standard. The Google Pixel 7 is one of the first smartphones to get Bluetooth LE audio support, which is quite a feat. Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and announced that the TWS earphones will get Bluetooth LE audio support via a firmware update later this year.
Bluetooth LE Audio is the latest Bluetooth wireless specification that offers a slew of new features for wireless audio streaming. Among a long list of features, the new specification enhances the overall audio performance over a Bluetooth connection. There is less lag and higher audio quality transmission for a better listening experience than classic Bluetooth. The Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3) in specification provides high quality audio with low power consumption.