Google recognises that True Wireless Stereo (TWS) headphones continue to gain momentum in the market and with users, as well as the importance to build system-wide support for TWS.
Announced on 31st October 2017, Fast Pair is a hassle-free process to pair your Bluetooth devices on all supported Android devices running Google Play services 11.7+ with compatibility back to Marshmallow (Android 6.0), support for Chromebooks will be added in 2019.
In November 2018, Google released Fast Pair commercially with the Jaybird Tarah Bluetooth headphones and in May 2019, the Fast Pair team held a talk at I/O 2019 announcing 10+ certified devices, support for Qualcomm’s Smart Headset Development Kit, and upcoming experiences for Fast Pair devices.
True Wireless Support
In addition to making pairing seamless across Android phones, Fast Pair will be introducing additional features to enhance True Wireless support.
Later this year, TWS headsets supporting Fast Pair will be able to broadcast battery information of individual earbuds and case, enabling features such as battery notification, per-component battery reporting as well as case status throughout the UI of Android.
Find My Device
Fast Pair devices will soon be trackable in the Find My Device app and website, allowing users to easily search for lost devices. TWS owners can view the location and time of last use as well as unpair or ring the buds to locate them when they are in range.
Connected Device Details
In Android Q, Fast Pair devices will have an enhanced Devices details page providing for centralising device management as well as key settings which include active TWS device details, accessibility links to Find My Device, Google Assistant setting (if Google Assistant is supported) as well as additional manufacturer-specified settings that will link to the manufacturer’s companion app.
Android Q is the upcoming tenth major release and the 17th version of the Android mobile operating system. The final release of Android Q is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2019.