Fast Pair on Android currently allows you to set up new devices, such as earphones and Wear OS smartwatches, with just one tap. Compatible devices appear instantly on your phone screen, and you don’t have to dive into any menus to start the setup process. Google may soon expand Fast Pair support to new Android phones, making the initial setup process a lot easier.
New threads have been spotted in the latest version of Google Play Services (via 9to5Google) that Google is adding another type of device to Fast Pair – Android phones. Once the feature is launched, it will automatically detect nearby Android phones that aren’t set up and a prompt will appear on your current phone to start the initial setup. The prompt will reportedly walk you through installing the app required to transfer your data to the new phone, greatly simplifying the process.
The chain further reveals that the feature could arrive with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 series, prompting users to scan a QR code on the new device to get started. Since Samsung will announce the Galaxy S23 series in just a few days, Google may officially announce the new Fast Pair feature soon.
In addition to Android phones, Google is also expanding Fast Pair support to styluses and trackers. We recently learned that the company is working on a tracking tag codenamed “grogu,” and has added support for a new “tag selector” device type in the Fast Pair developer console. Similarly, a teardown of Google Play Services for Wear OS v23.02.13 revealed that the company could use the Fast Pair battery alerts feature to show low battery notifications for the active stylus.
Currently, we have no confirmation from Google regarding these Fast Pair improvements. We’ve reached out to the company for comment, and will update this post once we have more details.