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Android ‘Fast Pair’ makes connecting Bluetooth kit faster on Google handsets

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Google has brought a new feature to its Android operating system, designed to make it faster and easier to connect Bluetooth kit such as speakers and headphones.

Fast Pair utilises Bluetooth Low Energy technology, meaning it can detect a compatible device that’s in pairing mode and prompt users to connect without the need to dive into an Android device’s settings menu.

Google says that handsets running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher, with Google Play services version 11.7+ will be able to use Fast Pair.

At the moment, the tech only works with Google’s recently launched Pixel Buds and Libratone’s Q Adapt On Ear.

However, Google says that Plantronics’ Voyager 8200 series of wireless headphones will also work with Fast Pair ‘soon’.

It’s not clear if and when other headphone-makers will get on board, but with its top–end Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL lacking a traditional headphone slot, it seems likely more will join the party soon.

Fast Pair appears to be a direct response to the quick pairing tech used by Apple to sync up its AirPods with an iPhone or iPad.

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