OnePlus has already let it be known that its next wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, are just around the corner. The new buds, as well as the OnePlus 11 smartphone, will be officially launched at the OnePlus Cloud 11 event on February 7, 2023. But until now, we didn’t know almost all the details. And while we don’t yet know key data like price and battery life, OnePlus has announced that the new noise-canceling headphones will be among the first to support Android 13’s spatial audio feature.
OnePlus says that the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, the successors to the OnePlus Buds Pro, will “set a new standard for spatial audio compatibility and stability” when they launch outside of China on February 7, 2023. The feature will work with spatial audio. ready, like Dolby Atmos Music, but OnePlus is also integrating the ability to mix standard two-channel stereo into a virtualized spatial presentation.
We’ve seen several wireless headphones with their own proprietary forms of spatial audio processing, including Apple’s AirPods Pro and LG’s Tone Free T90Q, which harnesses Dolby Labs’ expertise with Dolby Atmos. However, with Android 13, spatial audio processing happens inside the operating system, not necessarily inside the headphones, which could mean big improvements in latency.
Android 13 also allows earphones to boost the 3D quality of spatial audio by adding head tracking data to the mix, something the Buds Pro 2 takes full advantage of. “Sound always comes from a fixed position regardless of movement, with the same 3D audio quality as in the cinema,” OnePlus told Digital Trends via email. Head tracking data will also be available for other Android apps.
We’ve also been told that the Buds Pro 2 will work with Google’s recent Fast Pair enhancement known as audio switching.
Google’s own Pixel Buds Pro are also expected to support Android’s spatial audio feature, but we don’t yet know if Google will release this update before the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, a situation that could see OnePlus earphones become the first product. to offer one of the newest technologies from Google.