Google is making Android devices work better together with expanded Fast Pairing

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Google is boldly moving into 2022, with new features designed to bring all the devices in your life in harmony with your Android smartphone of choice. The company made several announcements at CES 2022 to help your devices and accounts work more seamlessly.

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Android’s Fast Pair technology already helps you get up and running with Bluetooth accessories like headphones and speakers, but now Google is expanding it beyond audio connectivity to add a whole collection of new devices.

Picture of an Android TV with the Pixel Buds automatically pairing using Fast Pair.
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This means that in the coming months you’ll be able to use Fast Pair to quickly link your headphones with your Chromebook, Google TV, or other Android TV OS device, mater-enabled smart phones in your network. Add home devices, and even automatically. Switch your Bluetooth headphone audio depending on the device you’re listening to.

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So, for example, if you’re wearing headphones to watch a movie on your Android tablet and you get a call on your smartphone, the movie will pause and the audio will automatically switch to your Android phone. Once you close the call, it will automatically switch back to your tablet and resume the movie from where you left off.

Google is adding its automatic unlock features to WearOS, which means you’ll soon be able to unlock your Chromebook, Android phone, or tablet with your paired smartwatch whenever you’re nearby.

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December’s Pixel feature drop also brought long-awaited support for digital car keys, allowing owners of recent BMW models to unlock their vehicles by tapping their Pixel 6 on the car door. This feature was also rolled out to Samsung Galaxy S21 phones around the same time.

Animation showing the Google Pixel 6 being used to unlock the car door.

At this point, the car’s main feature only works via NFC, which means you’ll have to pull up your phone and hold it near the car door. That is set to change later this year, with Google announcing today that phones offering Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology will gain the ability to unlock and start supported cars from your pocket.

Google also says it is working to bring digital car keys to more Android phones and vehicles later this year, as well as to securely and remotely share car keys with friends and family. capacity is also being added.

In the coming months, owners of Volvo cars will be able to do even more with integrated support for Google Assistant that will let you heat or cool your car even before you walk out the front door. You’ll be able to remotely start your engine and lock and unlock your car, and even ask Google Assistant to tell you how much battery power or fuel you have left. Volvo is just the beginning; Google promises that there will be more car brands later this year and in 2023.




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