Google has removed all Fast Pair-related code from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Fast Pair, a proprietary standard, simplifies the initial configuration and pairing of Bluetooth devices on Android, providing a user-friendly experience.
Fast Pair’s capability to ease the pairing procedure across many original equipment manufacturers was particularly praised (OEMs). When consumers turned on a compatible Bluetooth accessory, a pop-up notice displaying the device’s name and image appeared on their Android handset. This feature eliminated the need to manually enter pairing mode, search Bluetooth settings, or rely on separate apps for individual devices.
OEMs added Fast Pair-like capabilities onto their devices, improving compatibility and usability. However, this change may affect consumers, especially those in China, where Google Play Services are absent. This erasure implies that Android smartphones in China won’t support Fast Pair, potentially leading to a fragmented user experience and dependency on OEM-specific solutions.
The removal of Fast Pair from AOSP raises issues over the future of Bluetooth pairing on Android devices and its availability outside of the Google ecosystem. Users and developers will now closely monitor prospective replacements or fixes for the hole left by Fast Pair.