GoogleAndroid’s Fast Pair system is one of Android’s best Bluetooth features. It makes connecting to supported Bluetooth devices like TWS earbuds a breeze. The feature automatically detects a device nearby and lets you connect with a single tap. Google has improved this system over the years, adding support for more devices as well. But all along, it was limited to Android devices. The company should finally change that. Fast pair is finite Come on Chrome OS, Android TV and Google TV devices as well as smart home gadgets.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Fast Pair support for Chrome OS devices. As early as November 2018, the Android developer blog announced that the feature for Chromebooks is under development and will be introduced in 2019. Merged code on the Chromium Gerrit last May recommended it is still at the very beginning of development. But Google is now saying the feature will go live in the coming weeks. Hopefully this time really.
In addition, Google will bring Fast Pair to televisions as well. Both the old Android TV and the new Google TV will keep the feature in the coming months. So if you have a compatible Bluetooth speaker or headphones, you can quickly connect your TV to them with Fast Pair.
Google is also extending fast pair support to smart home devices
The Fast Pair system has been around for a number of years. Announced in 2017, the feature uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to discover supported devices in your area. A pop-up on your phone’s screen then allows you to quickly connect to these devices with just one tap. While Android was the only supported platform so far, functionality on the device side was largely limited to audio products. Google now not only wants to support more platforms, but also a new category of devices. The company promises to bring smart home gadgets under the Fast Pair umbrella.
This means that setting up your smart home is just as easy as plugging in a pair of TWS earbuds. Now that’s exciting. The only thing to note is the equipment Materially compliant. For the uninitiated, Matter is a new open source protocol that aims to simplify the diverse smart home ecosystem. The first batch of devices with the new system is expected to arrive later this year.