Google improves Fast Pair in Android Q and provides richer control for wireless earphones
In 2017, Google launched a new Bluetooth feature called “Fast Pair” which is designed to improve the first pairing connection between smartphones and Bluetooth accessories. By November last year, Google announced the update of this feature to support syncing of already paired and saved Bluetooth devices with Android devices using the same Google account. At this year’s developer conference, Google quietly announced the feature called “Find My Accessories”, which is based on the new features introduced in the Android Q.
The Android Fast Pair feature itself is part of the Google Play service, which is used to quickly scan Bluetooth device broadcasts around your phone. If a Bluetooth device is detected, it is sent to the Google server and compared to the provider database, and then the notification is displayed to the user for click pairing. If the user accepts the pairing, a quick Bluetooth connection is initiated between the Android phone and the accessory, and then the pairing of the Bluetooth accessory is saved in the available device.
Now Google announced that all Bluetooth accessories that support fast pairing will support the search for my accessory features, which is one of the latest features launched by Google this year. Connected devices will display the last disconnected location in the map, helping users find accessories and set unpair or increase volume.
In Android Q, Google is catering to truly wireless earphones, and a new feature is being developed to show notifications when users turn the charging case on or off. The notification will automatically detect and display the remaining power of the wireless headset for the user to check, and Google will also provide improved control over the Bluetooth settings page. For example, on the settings page, you can see detailed battery information for the accessory, unpairing, management assistant, notification settings, touch control, and adjusting audio.
However, Google does not plan to prepare standardized options for all manufacturers to use. On the contrary, Google still hopes that vendors will develop their own applications. However, vendors can use the new interface provided by Google to provide richer features, and the above new features are not yet available in the Android Q beta.