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Bluetooth Fast Pair for Chromebooks is Almost Here

We first heard about fast pair for Chromebooks back in May from my friend Kent at Android Police. Google has now added a fast pair flag to the Chrome OS Canary channel.

Fast Pair

Fast Pair is a Google feature that lets you quickly pair supported Bluetooth devices. It works much like what you have seen on iPhones while pairing AirPods.

Here is an example. Let’s say you bought a new Pixel Buds. To pair it with your Chromebook, you will simply open the Pixel Buds case. Your Chromebook will identify the Buds and show a notification asking if you wish to pair. Click the notification and Fast Pair takes care of the rest. No more opening the Bluetooth settings, find the new device and pairing, etc.

The New Flag

I found this new flag this morning during my routine scan for new features in the Chrome OS code.

Enable Fast Pair: Enables Google Fast Pair service which uses BLE to discover supported nearby Bluetooth devices and surfaces a notification for quick pairing. Use along with #bluetooth-advertisement-monitoring to allow background scanning.

I am hoping to see this flag in action in the Canary channel soon. You will see screenshots and more details on this article as soon as the flag is available in the Canary channel.

Summary

Fast Pair is going to make Chromebooks a lot easier to use. It will actually be more useful than on phones in my opinion. On my phone, I might connect an earbud once in a while. However, on my Chromebook, I might have to connect more peripherals like keyboards, mice, and headphones, etc.

Do you agree? Let me know in the comments section below.

Source: Chromium Gerrit.

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