Pairing your Bluetooth-enabled devices with an Android phone or tablet hasn’t exactly been the quickest. The process involves turning on the device, activating Bluetooth on your phone or tablet, and hoping the two identify each other. Now there’s a solution that makes pairing almost instantaneous: Fast Pair.
Rather than going through multiple steps, Google will let things pair through Bluetooth Low Energy and your mobile device’s location.
When a Bluetooth-enabled device and a phone or tablet are nearby each other, the Android device will display a notification to pair the two. The notification shows the device’s name and a picture. A quick pairing process syncs them and that’s it. You’re ready for wire-free listening.
Apple’s AirPods, which are probably the most popular wireless earbuds around, pair with the iPhone similarly. You hold the AirPods near an iPhone and a notification slides up from the bottom of the display. Choose “Connect” and now you have Apple’s wireless earbuds synced with your phone.
Your Android phone or tablet will need to be running at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Google Play Services 11.7 to take advantage of Fast Pair. If your phone or tablet has those versions or higher, you’re all set. Just grab the Pixel Buds, Libratone Q Adapt, or Plantronics Voyager 8200 because those are the only Bluetooth-enabled devices ready at this time. Google is reaching out to additional partners to incorporate the new feature.
Google says Fast Pair will be rolling over the days and weeks ahead.