Fast Pair is a simpler way to connect to other Bluetooth devices on Android

Bluetooth has a new usage now. By using Bluetooth’s Low Energy and phone’s location to automatically detect nearby devices, Fast Pair now makes pairing with other devices just a tap away!

Have you tried logging into your Gmail account besides the one you usually use? Have you noticed how it sends a number matching thing to know if the same person is accessing both the devices? It’s exactly the same.

This is obviously inspired by Apple’s AirPods of easily pairing with iPhones easily. Luckily, they haven’t done it exactly like Apple did. There’s a slight twist in the tale.

Apple uses W1 chip to connect to the AirPods whereas Google uses just the Bluetooth feature for making a connection. However, having Bluetooth 5 in your device will make the feature work even more flexible.

Nowadays, we are seeing many devices ditching the 3.4mm jack slot and using the microUSB slot or wireless technology to play audio. This device will come super handy for those devices.

Keeping in mind the majority of the Android users are still stuck on previous versions of Android, Google has made this feature flexible for devices running on Android Marshmallow and comparatively newer ones.

Of course, this new piece of tech comes with its drawbacks. At present only Google Pixel Buds, Libratone Adapt On-Ear headphones and Plantronics Voyager 8200 series headsets will support this feature. The feature will be made available to more devices in due course of time.

It should also be kept in mind that in order to enjoy this feature, you should be on Google Play services 11.7 or later.

What do you think of Android’s Fast Pair feature? As much as I love it, I’m pretty sure I won’t be enjoying it unless I decide to upgrade from my present Moto G5 Plus phone and it’s in-box headphones.

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News Source: Digital Trends
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Fast Pair is a simpler way to connect to other Bluetooth devices on Android
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