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Google is bringing 'Fast Pair' headphone support to Android TV & Google TV

10 Jan 2022 | Rasmus Larsen |

Android TV and Google TV devices will gain a new feature to let headphones switch automatically between devices. Chromecast is expanding to more devices.

Seamless pairing, switching

Much like Apple's AirPods that can switch audio seamlessly between phone, tablet, and TV, Google is refining its Bluetooth implementation in Android to be more seamless. - "We’re continuing our work with partners to further extend Fast Pair’s functionality beyond audio connectivity with wearables, headphones, speakers and cars and extending it to TVs and smart home devices, so you can instantly start using all the devices in your life," said Erik Ka, VP of Multi-Device Experiences, Google. "In the coming months, you’ll be able to set up your headphones for when you need to watch quietly with your Google TV or Android TV OS device at home." The basic idea is that you can have your headphones paired to multiple devices at once (via your Google account) and seamlessly switch between sources depending on which device you are currently using or near to.

Google TV Fast Pair

'Fast Pair' lets you seamlessly switch headphone pairing between devices

Not many details are available at this time and Google is referring only to "supported headphones", which should include at least the Pixel Buds and Jabas Elite 3. Fast Pair will get integration with Matter later. Matter the industry's new open-sourced connectivity standard backed by most major players including Amazon, Apple, Google, LG and Samsung. Google said that spatial audio with head tracking is also rolling out to Android in the coming months but it is not clear if it will be supported on Android TV and Google TV. - "Spatial audio on your headsets will make you feel like you’re really there by adapting the sound based on your head movements, positioning the audio in the space all around you. These features will be available in the next few months on supported headphones," said Google. Also read: Google releases Android 12 for TV with refresh rate switching, 4K user interface Lastly, Google announced that built-in Chromecast is coming to more brands and products including Bose speakers and soundbars. - "To help you cast music and podcasts you’re listening to from your Android phone to more of your speakers, we’re bringing Chromecast built-in to more brands, starting with all Bose smart speakers and soundbars in the next few months."

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