Google Fast Pair Update Now Makes It Easy For Android Phones To Connect To Bluetooth Devices

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Google has made an update to its Fast Pair feature to improve the way Android smartphones connect to Bluetooth headphones and smart speakers.

Fast Pair which was made to make discovering and pairing of Bluetooth devices easy, was first introduced on the Pixel 2 to work with Bluetooth devices such as the Google Pixel Buds, Bose QuietComfort 35 II, Libratone's Q Adapt and the Platonics Voyager 8200 series wireless headsets.

Android powered device running Android 6.0 and higher can make use of the Fast Pair feature on compatible devices.

"Today, we're making it easier for people to connect Fast Pair compatible accessories to devices associated with the same Google Account," Google Said. "Fast PAir will connect accessories to a user's current and future Android phones (6.0+), and we're adding support for Chromebooks in 2019."

Google also said that they were "working closely with dozens of manufacturers, many of which are bringing new Fast Pair compatible devices to market over the coming months.

"This includes Jaybird, who is already selling the Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones, as well as upcoming products from prominent  brands such as Anker SoundCore, and  many more."

To pair your Android smartphone with a Fast Pair enabled headset or speaker, the user is to enable the Bluetooth and then switch either of the devices to pairing mode. From the Android smartphone screen, the user will receive a high priority notification pop on the screen asking the person to "Tap to pair" to the Bluetooth device.

Once the connection has been established, a notification will appear with a link for the user to download the companion app if there's one.

Google is also inviting manufacturers interested in creating Fast Pair compatible Bluetooth devices to register their product, and check if the implementation has been done properly.

"If you are a manufacturer interested in creating fast Pair compatible Bluetooth devices, just head to our Nearby Device console to register your product and validate that has correctly implemented the Fast Pair specs," Google said.

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