Google's Improved Fast Pair to Streamline Process of Pairing Accessories with New Phones
Google hopes to ease the pain of pairing Bluetooth accessories with multiple devices through an update to its Fast Pair specification. Moving forward, Google says Fast Pair will "connect accessories to a user's current and future Android Phones" as long as they are signed into their account and running Android 6 and up. This same feature will reach Chromebooks in 2019. Google's manufacturing partners have been building Fast Pair into their headphones, speakers, and other devices since last year, and will announce more over the coming months. In order to simplify the process for manufacturers, Google has added native Fast Pair support to the software development kits of component makers including Airoha Technology, BES, and Qualcomm. Using such components, Jaybird's Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones will be among the first to support the updated Fast Pair spec. Products from Anker/Soundcore, Bose, and others are on the way.
Oct 31, 2017
Google today announced a new feature headed to Android phones that should ease Bluetooth pairing pains. The tool, called Fast Pair, makes discovering and pairing with nearby Bluetooth devices much simpler.
May 12, 2017
Google today announced Project Treble, which it hopes will solve the pain of updating smartphones to the latest version of Android. As it stands today, the process is multifaceted and includes a number of moving players, including Google, silicon makers, manufacturers, and carrier partners.
May 8, 2018
Pixelbook owners will soon be able to use Linux on their ChromeOS device. Google today announced that Chromebooks will be able to run Linux apps, which will let developers open a window and use their favorite Linux-based tools without leaving ChromeOS.
Mar 20, 2018
Google today announced Subscribe with Google, an easy way for people to subscribe to and pay for select news sources. Google has worked with a number of publishers over the last six months to develop the service.
Jul 24, 2018
Researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology discovered a vulnerability in Bluetooth's Secure Simple Pairing and LE Secure Connections features that could lead to man-in-the-middle attacks. According to the researchers, the Bluetooth specification doesn't require devices with these features to validate the public key when pairing with new hardware.