Google has added syncing support for Fast Pair Bluetooth accessories, making it easier for you to connect with Fast Pair accessories across all your Android devices. Google has also revealed that Chromebook support will be added in 2019.
According to Google’s blog post, Fast Pair devices will now be synced with your Google account, similar to how Wi-Fi access points are synced. This allows you to connect all your Android devices with synced Fast Pair accessories seamlessly.
“Today, we’re making it easier for people to connect Fast Pair compatible accessories to devices associated with the same Google Account. Fast Pair will connect accessories to a user’s current and future Android phones (6.0+), and we’re adding support for Chromebooks in 2019.”
How does Fast Pair work?
Google announced the Fast Pair feature last year, allowing users to quickly connect their Fast Pair compatible accessories with their Android devices. Using a Bluetooth Low Energy broadcast, the accessory tries to connect to the Android device. On detecting the broadcast, the device sends a Fast Pair packet to Google’s servers. You will then get a Nearby notification to begin the pairing process – tap on it and you will be good to go in a few seconds.
While Apple uses a dedicated W1 chip in the AirPods to make the connection as seamless as possible, Google relies on software for Fast Pairing. As a result, all Android devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above, and Google Play Services 11.7 or above are compatible with Fast Pair. However, you will still need a Fast Pair compatible accessory to use this feature.
Google further revealed that it has been “working closely with dozens of manufacturers”, and companies like Anker SoundCore, Bose and others are going to launch Fast Pair compatible accessories in the coming months.