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Fast Pair comes to Wear OS for fast pairing of headphones

Fast Pair started as Google’s way to quickly connect Bluetooth headphones to Android phones and will soon do the same on Chrome OS. Google today hinted at Fast Pair coming to Wear OS as part of what could be preparation for Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds Pro.

Quick pairing on Wear OS

Google updated the Google System Updates changelog today with the following entry in the “Device Connections” section:

[Wear OS] Fast Pair on Wear OS to enables previously paired headphones to discover and connect to wearable devices.[5]

— [5] Available via Google Play Services v22.24 updated 06/24/2022.

The featured feature is the bread and butter of Fast Pair, which saves paired headphones to your Google account for easy access on other devices via a system-level notification. It’s also used by Fitbit devices during initial setup, while doing anything with Bluetooth on a small wearable is cumbersome and Fast Pair is a welcome addition.

This Google Play Services update is not yet widely rolled out to the watches we checked today. It’s unclear what UI Fast Pair will take on Wear OS, while Google hasn’t explicitly announced the availability of Fast Pair on Wear OS. The closest came at CES 2022 in January when Google described “audio connectivity with wearable devices” as an existing Fast Pair feature:

We continue to work with our partners to further extend the functionality of Fast Pair beyond audio connectivity with wearables, headphones, speakers and cars and extend it to TVs and smart home devices, to so you can instantly start using all the devices in your life.

Fast Pair is coming to Chrome OS in the coming weeks, while it was also announced for Android/Google TV, select cars. and for use in pairing Matter smart home devices.

Preparing the Pixel Watch

Meanwhile, it’s possible that Fast Pair on Wear OS is intended for the Pixel Watch. The Pixel Buds Pro product page says you can “easily switch from music on your phone to video calls on your laptop”. Multipoint connectivity for headphones coming next month simply describes the “phone to laptop” switch.

However, the Pixel Watch page describes the discovery and connectivity features of Fast Pair mentioned by Play Services today.

With Fast Pair, it’s quick and easy to connect your headphones, watch, and phone to each other. Pixel Buds Pro also keep things simple by automatically switching sound between watches, phones, and laptops.

In theory, Fast Pair shouldn’t be limited to the Pixel Watch and something all Wear OS devices get on every launch.

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