Bluetooth headphones sound much better than they did a few years ago, but they are still generally a pain in…
Bluetooth headphones sound much better than they did a few years ago, but they are still generally a pain in the butt to pair to multiple devices. Relatively few headphones allow you to pair multiple devices, and even then you must continue through the mating process with each new device.
Apple is the only company that really simplified the multi-device pairing process, connecting Bluetooth headphones with its W1
chip to your Apple ID, allowing them to automatically work over your Apple devices – and just your Apple- units. Now, Google takes a page from Apple’s book and implements similar features on Android devices, with Chromebooks coming soon.
According to Google, accessories that have implemented the firm’s Fast Pair protocol have been linked to your account and able to work on any of your current devices running Android 6.0 or later. Chromebooks support comes in 2019.
Fast drives are still quite rare, but Google goes without saying that it works to implement the protocol on more headphones, especially Jaybird, Anker and Bose.
The new pairing capability will not solve all of your Bluetooth woes, because you can not sync the headphones to your computer or Mac. I guess more people will want to sync headphones between their laptop and the phone than between several Android devices.
Still, it’s one step ahead. Who knows, maybe one day Bluetooth headphones are actually as practical as any company wants you to believe.
Published November 27, 2018 – 23:44 UTC