Android's 'Fast Pair' will make Bluetooth pairing faster2017-11-01 16:13 by Daniela
Tags: Bluetooth, Fast Pair, Android
Following in Apple's footsteps, Google has announced a new feature for Android, called "Fast Pair". It is used for pairing Bluetooth accessories with your phone.
The system has been available in the Pixel 2 handsets since launch, but it now works with all devices running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and above. By using Bluetooth Low Energy and a phone's location, it can automatically detect nearby devices. It's then simply a matter of clicking the "Tap to pair" notification to establish a connection—just like connecting some AirPods to an iPhone.
Initially, only three products support Fast Pair—Google Pixel Buds, Libratone's Q Adapt On-Ear, and Plantronics Voyager 8200-series wireless headsets—but more manufacturers are expected to start adopting it. Users will also need Google Play Services (11.7) installed, which is now rolling out.
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