Google introduces Fast Pair for Bluetooth on Android devices

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.

Google says this new process is a win-win for users and Bluetooth device manufacturers. Pairing notification will now pop up whenever the open Bluetooth connection is nearby. When a supported device is near your phone, you'll get a notification like the one you see in the capture below (with the image of the product, no less).

But what if your Android phone could automatically detect a nearby Bluetooth headphone (or speaker, or auto, or mouse, etc) and pair it with a single tap?

The Fast Pair feature was launched as Pixel exclusive, but now Google is rolling it out for non-Pixel Android devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher. Pixel Buds and Libratone's solid Q Adapt were the first to be announced, and Google is adding the Plantronics Voyager 8200 headset to the list soon. The list of compatible Bluetooth headphones is still limited as Google is now working with early partners to develop the Fast Pair feature for greater good.

As the name implies, Fast Pair will make the usually cumbersome pairing procedure for Bluetooth accessories seamless. Opening Fast Pairing up to a much larger ecosystem of compatible devices should cushion the blow even more - and could open more handset manufacturers up to the possibility of dropping the jack themselves.



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