Depending on the earbuds, the setup can be as simple as bringing the Bluetooth accessory close to your Android phone. This is made possible by Fast Pair, which Google updated in recent weeks to catch up with iOS.
Since Fast Pair was launched in 2017, the process has started with a standard alert that includes a thumbnail image of the device in question. If it appears at the top of the screen, a single tap will start pairing and then confirm.
Google has adjusted the setup experience so that it now has a high sheet that slides up from the bottom. The name of your device is centered above, while a larger image and the “Connect”
Android’s new Fast Pair design, which was quietly introduced in November, takes a lot after iOS and AirPods. There is a clear advantage to this approach, as pairing new accessories should be a very prominent event. Compared to a warning, you are less likely to miss or sweep away a bottom sheet.
In the meantime, Google has improved the experience. This user interface appears when you set up a new Fast Pair accessory for the first time with your phone. Android still uses a compact alert to mark the battery status of each item (earbuds and case), while Apple chooses to take up the entire sheet to show the percentage. The smaller alert is also used to pair accessories, especially on phones and tablets already signed in to your Google Account.
With the launch of Pixel Buds earlier this year, Google introduced a number of related features, including Find My Device integration, low battery alerts, and customization of buttons.
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