At Google I/O 2021 event, the search engine giant announced the expansion for its Fast Pair feature to card models by BMW and Ford and to Beats Headphone by Apple. The Google Fast Pair Service (GFPS) uses Bluetooth Low Energy to detect nearby Bluetooth devices. Like Apple’s Bluetooth tech to connect AirPods with an iPhone, Fast Pair providers the same functionality on Android smartphones.
Beats Headphones are produced and sold by Apple. The Cupertino tech giant bought the audio products company from Dr.Dre in 2014 for $3.2 billion and since then, the company retails the popular headphones under the same brand name.
Android users will be able to easily connect Beats Headphones via Fast Pair
9to5Mac reports that Fast Pair will soon support Beats headphones. Currently, the Bluetooth feature is available on accessories by JBL, Sony, Google, Microsoft, and others and the company states that Fast Pair has been used more than 36 million times to connect supporting Bluetooth audio and wearable accessories with 3 billion Android phones.
However, the report does not state which Beats headphones models will support the Bluetooth Fast Pair feature. Beats offers a variety of audio accessories, ranging from over-the-head sets to earbuds in various color options. Recently, Apple launched an exclusive PowerBeats Pro limited edition model in collaboration with a popular esports organization, FaZe Clan.
In addition, the company also announced support for Fast Pair on new automobile brands.
Google today also revealed that Fast Pair is coming to cars from BMW and Ford. Given that vehicles today have vastly different infotainment systems, quickly connecting your phone for music and hands-free calling can often be confusing.
Like with headphones, a sheet will slide up from the bottom of your phone if Bluetooth is already enabled in the car. It will feature the brand’s logo and a blue “Connect” button. This simplified set-up process works for both Bluetooth streaming and wireless Android Auto.