Published On: Tue, Oct 31st, 2017

Google’s Fast Pair underline starts nearing on non-Pixel Android phones


In a avalanche of news that was Google’s Pixel 2 eventuality final month, a association kind of glossed over a Fast Pair feature. Understandably so — it had a lot to get by during a event. And besides, it was distant from a coolest thing about a company’s new Pixel Buds headphones (that pretension goes to a Babelfish-esque real-time interpretation feature).

The underline is identical to what Apple offers adult with a W2 chip, charity instant, hassle-free Bluetooth pairing with a integrate of taps. Of course, Fast Pair has one pivotal advantage: most incomparable compatibility. Launched as a Google Pixel exclusive, a underline is starting to hurl out to all Android inclination using Google Play services 11.7 and incomparable (requiring Android 6.0 and up, mind).

Apple’s chronicle was a centerpiece of Apple’s AirPods (along with successive Beats releases), and Google’s take will positively advantage from wider availability. In further to operative opposite Android manufacturers, Fast Pair is also concordant with bluetooth headphones from a accumulation of opposite companies. Pixel Buds and Libratone’s plain Q Adapt were a initial to be announced, and Google is adding a Plantronics Voyager 8200 headset to a list soon.

The preference is still flattering limited, with Google operative with specific early partners to assistance rise Fast Pair . Though, along with opening it adult to a lot some-more handsets, a association is putting out a call to “Bluetooth accessory” makers in a open forum — a pierce that indicates a company’s skeleton to move Fast Pair to a lot some-more than only headphones and headsets.

The Pixel Buds were combined internally to prop a consumer bottom for a company’s preference to dump a headphone jack from a new handsets. Opening Fast Pairing adult to a most incomparable ecosystem of concordant inclination should pillow a blow even some-more — and could open some-more handset manufacturers adult to a probability of dropping a jack themselves.

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