Released last year, Google’s Fast Pair has been now added with new features; probably to make it a more efficient competitor to the Apple Airpods. Specifically due to Google’s upper edge with the third party hardware.
Basically, these features are Find My Device along with certain Battery features. Like Android, the company’s focused on bringing Fast Pair to as many manufacturers as possible.
Find My Device –
Similar to Find my iPhone, the Find My Device in Fast Pair headsets will allow users to easily track their lost devices. With Android Q, compatible devices will have access to enhanced Bluetooth device details such as Assistant settings and OEM-specified settings.
The app will show the time and location they were last in use, and will send out a chime from buds that are still in Bluetooth range.
Battery Feature –
Also new is individual battery life for buds and case. Basically, opening the case near a paired handset will pop up that information. This battery information is for cases as well as buds of compatible True Wireless Stereo headsets.
Lastly, Google is adding a new UI in Android Q for managing Fast Pair-enabled headphones, which will put device management features, Google Assistant settings, battery life (including the aforementioned truly wireless battery information), and links to third-party management apps all in one place.
More Insight –
All of the above features will arrive on the 15 or so headphones that currently sport the feature.
Google also provided a specific list of additional Fair Pair headphones that it showcased at Google I/O earlier this year that will also support the feature whenever the update arrives.
- Anker Spirit Pro GVA
- Anker SoundCore Flare+ (Speaker)
- JBL Live 220BT
- JBL Live 400BT
- JBL Live 500BT
- JBL Live 650BT
- Jaybird Tarah
- 1More Dual Driver BT ANC
- LG HBS-SL5
- LG HBS-PL6S
- LG HBS-SL6S
- LG HBS-PL5
- Cleer Ally Plus