enabled device with a smartphone running on Android 6.0 or higher, and has
Google Play services 11.7 and up. Dubbed “Fast Pair”, the feature is rolling out
to devices running on Android Marshmallow OS and higher.
Google Pixel Buds, or Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear. It will soon work with the imminent
Plantronics Voyager 8200 series wireless headsets.
advertising and discovery, and regular Bluetooth for pairing. For example, below
is the process of how this new process works on a compatible Android device:
- Turn on a Fast Pair-enabled device and put it in pairing
- Android scans for BLE broadcasts in close proximity of the
user’s phone and discovers a Fast Pair packet (provided Bluetooth and Location
is turned on).
- This packet is sent to Google servers to get back the
device’s product image, product name and companion app (if there is one).
- The user receives a high priority notification asking them
to “Tap to pair” to the device. The notification contains the product
name and image.
- When the user taps on the notification, Google uses classic
Bluetooth to establish a connection.
- A success notification is shown which contains a link to
download the companion app (if there is one).
to pair an Android powered smartphone with the right accessory. And the device
owner can still see the manufacturers name, product and a related app. That is
called a win-win business.