Google Pixel 7 series was teased during Google I/O earlier this year.
Google Pixel 7a could come with support for Bluetooth LE Audio, the new standard that offers excellent audio output. Google has yet to launch the Pixel 7 series, which is expected to include the vanilla Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. In fact, the company has added Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio support to Android 13, allowing users to enjoy better synchronized audio with reduced lag. The development comes a few weeks after Google launched the Pixel 6a globally, including in India.
Citing comments posted by Google employees on code collaboration platform Gerrit, a report by 9to5google suggests the company is providing two sets of smartphones. One of the comments mentions “p22/p23a” which are believed to be references to Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7a. The p22 could be a hint at Pixel smartphones coming in fall 2022 – those are the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. The p23a could be a hint of an A-series smartphone coming in 2023, which is believed to be the Pixel 7a. The code suggests that all three phones will support Bluetooth LE Audio.
As the Pixel 7 series and Pixel 7a are mentioned together, the report also suggests that higher-end Bluetooth LE Audio support could be part of the second-gen Google Tensor chip. The current generation of smartphones – the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a – are powered by the first generation Google Tensor chip. They might offer a high-quality audio experience like the Pixel 7 series, but Google added Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio support to Android 13, which was already rolled out for the Pixel 6 series and Pixel 6a.
It should be noted that Bluetooth LE Audio should be supported on both the earphones or headphones and the input device. Currently there are not many devices that support the latest audio standard. Google Pixel 7 is one of the first smartphones to get Bluetooth LE Audio support is quite a feat. Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and announced that the TWS earbuds 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 number of new features for wireless audio streaming. Along with a long list of features, the new specification offers improved overall audio performance over a Bluetooth connection. Compared to classic Bluetooth, there is less delay and higher audio quality transmission for a better listening experience. The Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3) in the specification offers high-quality audio with low power consumption.