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Google Fast Pair UI Updated, Headphone Setup Screen Gets a New Look: Report

Google Fast Pair links wireless earphones to a Google account, and makes connectivity a bit faster and easier.

Google Fast Pair UI Updated, Headphone Setup Screen Gets a New Look: Report

Google Fast Pair is supported by various wireless earphones, including the OnePlus Buds Z

Highlights
  • Google Fast Pair is getting a UI update
  • The headphone setup screen now looks different
  • Fast Pair is similar to Apple’s own pairing protocol for AirPods

Google Fast Pair is reportedly getting an update for its user interface, giving the initial headphone setup screen a considerably different look from the existing implementation. The new-look interface creates a larger pop-up screen, with an image of the headset to be paired and a large, simplified button to connect using the protocol. This is a change from the previous UI, which showed a much smaller pop-up at the top of the screen, with images and text also displaying much smaller as a result.

The American company introduced Fast Pair in 2017, and is now supported by a number of wireless headsets beyond Google's own Pixel audio products. The new user interface was noticed and reported on by 9to5Google, and appears to be working when using the Google Pixel Buds. This includes a large pop-up with an image and name of the headset, with a clear ‘connect' selection right below. The interface now more closely resembles the iOS pairing protocol for Apple AirPods earphones.

We tried it with a Google Pixel 3XL (Review) and the OnePlus Buds Z which displayed the older protocol. This indicates that the new interface isn't rolling out to all users and headsets just yet, and could be limited to the Pixel series for now, although it could be in the process of rolling out more widely over the coming weeks.

Google Fast Pair is supported by a number of wireless headsets from various manufacturers, and binds the headset to a Google account. Apart from easing the pairing process the first time by bypassing the Bluetooth settings, this also allows the headset to be quickly and easily paired on other devices linked to the same Google account. The subsequent connection process also displays details such as battery stats for the headphones, earphones, any charging case, in case of true wireless earphones.


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  • Design / Comfort
  • Audio Quality
  • Battery Life
  • Value For Money
  • Good
  • Comfortable, good passive noise isolation

  • USB Type-C, fast charging

  • Dolby Atmos, AAC Bluetooth codec support

  • Enjoyable sound

  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Some features need a OnePlus smartphone to work

  • Limited controls on the earpieces
Headphone Type In-Ear
Microphone Yes
Connectivity True Wireless Stereo (TWS)
Type Earphones
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Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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