Google's Fast Pair could make Bluetooth audio way easier

Joanna Estrada
November 1, 2017

With Fast Pair, Google's Nearby service scans for nearby Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) broadcasts within a close proximity of your phone and then asks if you'd like to pair. "Users get a seamless and secure pairing experience and confidence that they're connecting to the right product", Nayak M and Ho wrote. And if you're a Bluetooth device manufacturer who wants Fast Pair on your products, you can reach out to Google here. It even shows a picture of the product you're using.

Google's "Fast Pair" Bluetooth feature-which debuted on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and offers a quicker way to help you pair Bluetooth devices-is now rolling out to devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. Once you hit connect, you should see a confirmation when pairing is successful. Otherwise, you can immediately start using the connected Bluetooth device.

This is definitely the way things should be - especially as more and more Android phones lose the headphone jack.

Fast Pair seems to be a response to Apple's Airpod earphones which have an auto-connect feature that makes pairing simple and easy to use, pairing with Mac OS and iOS devices seemingly automatically.

Supported headphones at launch include Google's Pixel Buds, Libratone's Q Adapt On-Ear, and Plantronics Voyager 8200-series wireless headsets.

Google is trying to eliminate the need for users to go into their settings app and search for devices.

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