Google Bluetooth 'Fast Pair' Expands to More Android Phones

From PC Mag: Google's "Fast Pair" Bluetooth feature—which debuted on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and offers a quicker way to help you pair Bluetooth devices—is now rolling out to devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

"Ease of use, speed and security are the design principles driving the Fast Pair specification," Google Product Managers Ritesh Nayak M and Ronald Ho wrote in a Tuesday post on the Android Developers Blog.

The feature "uses BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) for advertising and discovery and uses classic Bluetooth for pairing," they explained. First, turn on a Fast Pair-enabled peripheral and put it in pairing mode. Then, once Android discovers a Fast Pair packet (you'll need Bluetooth and Location enabled on your device for this to happen), you'll get a notification asking you to "Tap to pair" to the accessory.

That notification will include the name and image of the product to which you're about to connect. Then, just tap the notification, and voila. Once connected, you'll get a success notification with a link to download the device's companion app, if there is one.

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