Google is making it easier to pair Bluetooth headphones across all your Android devices
Bluetooth headphone has grown out of the old shell and has become a lot better than what we use to have in years past. However, they are still generally a pain when it comes to pairing with multiple devices. Relatively few headphones allow you to be paired with multiple devices, and even then, you still have to go through the pairing process with each new device. While Apple has remained the only brand that has really simplified multi-device pairing process, tieing Bluetooth headphones with its W1 chip to your Apple ID, and allowing them to automatically work across your Apple devices-Now Google is also making a similar workability a lot easier, especially across all Android devices.
Fast Pair isn’t a new Android feature, it originally launched in October of last year. However, adoption has been slow, even with JayBirds producing a few Fast Pair headsets. Today’s Google announcement also pledges more support from the likes of Anker and even Bose. Taking it a step further, Google is also bringing Fast Pair to Chromebooks next year with the same features. According to Google, accessories that have implemented the company’s Fast Pair protocol will be tied to your account and be able to work on any of your current devices running Android 6.0 or higher. Support for Chromebooks is coming in 2019.
Fast Pair devices are still pretty rare, but naturally, Google says it’s working to implement the protocol on more headphones, citing Jaybird, Anker, and Bose in particular. Of course, the new pairing abilities won’t solve all your Bluetooth woes, as you won’t be able to sync the headphones to your PC or Mac; I assume more people will want to sync headphones between their laptop and phone than between multiple Android devices.
Anyways, its never a setback once it has to do with innovation. Interestingly, you never can tell, someday in the nearest future, Bluetooth headphones will actually be as convenient as every company wants you to believe.