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Bluetooth pairing on Android just got way easier, but there’s a huge catch

Google has announced a new Fast Pair process, which will simplify Bluetooth pairing on Android devices.

Currently rolling out to Android 6.0+ devices, Fast Pair uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for device discovery and pairing.

Users with compatible headphones must turn them on and place them in pairing mode. Android will scan the BLE broadcasts and send users a notification asking them to tap to pair.

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Once the Android device owner taps the notification, a Bluetooth connection will be established.

This new method will save users having to navigate the Bluetooth Settings menu.

Unfortunately, while the feature is heading to a wide range of Android devices, users don’t have much choice when it comes to headphones.

If you want to use Fast Pair, you’ll need the new Pixel Buds (pictured), which Google announced at its October 4 event.

The Made for Google Libratone Q-Adapt wireless headphones are also compatible, while the Plantronics Voyager 8200 headphones will be compatible in the future.

“Imagine doing all of this without ever fumbling with Bluetooth settings. Users get a seamless and secure pairing experience and confidence that they’re connecting to the right product,” Google wrote on the Android developers’ blog.

“Manufacturers get their brand, device name and companion app in front of the users.”

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