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Android’s new Fast Pair feature is an absolute game changer

Connect ever faster with Androids new Fast Pair feature.

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If you have an Android or Google phone, then you know how much of a pain in the butt pairing devices via Bluetooth can be. Luckily, Android 6.0 was announced today with a new Fast Pair feature. Fast Pair is supposed to work as well as Apple’s new W1 chip pairing.

To enable pairing mode on your compatible-device is simple. You will be an on-screen pop-up on your device showing compatible information and a tap prompt to connect. If it’s available, the device’s companion app will open as well. You will need to have your device’s Bluetooth, and Location Services turned on.

This will only work with devices that have Fast Pair technology. To be specific, as of now, the only devices that have Fast Pair are Google’s Pixel Buds and Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear headphones. However, it looks like manufacturer Plantronics has devices with Fast Pair in production.

It looks like Google is tackling accessibility issues head-on with their new Fast Pair function. If this takes the way it is described, then this is an absolute game changer. All manufacturers will be chasing to implement Bluetooth 5 support into every Bluetooth compatible device on the market.

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