A few weeks ago, I purchased the AirPods Pro second generation and used the true wireless earbuds with my iPhone 13 Pro. However, I’m someone who often likes to use an Android device alongside an Apple handset throughout the week. So, I tried using the AirPods Pro with my Pixel 6 and was frustrated that the two didn’t seem to work well together. Following that, I used the AirPods Pro 2 with my Pixel 7 Pro and had the same concern.
The problem here is the AirPods Pro 2 connect to the Pixel devices, but after about a minute or two, the audio stops, even though the AirPods remain connected.
This turns out to be a common issue, with people hitting the Google subreddit explaining their concerns. Apparently, this has something to do with a bug with A2DP offloading. Well-known leaker Max Weinbach, from 9to5Google, has reported there’s a temporary fix for this problem. In the Developer Settings, you can toggle ‘Disable Bluetooth A2DP hardware offload.’
According to 9to5, enabling this will fix the issue but also lowers audio quality. The feature offloads audio decoding from the phone to the earbuds, which is poised to help compression and quality when using Apple’s AirPods Pro gen 2.
Currently, it’s unknown if the bug is on the Apple end or Google end of the spectrum. However, if it’s a Google problem, there might be a fix sometime soon.
I’m just happy this means I won’t also need to buy the Pixel Buds Pro.