Google's Fast Pair will soon help connect Windows PCs and Android phones
Google is working on its own way to connect Android phones and Windows PCs.
What you need to know
- Google announced that its Fast Pair technology will work with Windows PCs by the end of 2022.
- Fast Pair allows people to set up Bluetooth devices, sync text messages, and share files.
- Google will work with Acer, HP, and Intel to bring the feature to select Windows PCs.
Microsoft has worked for years to bring Windows PCs and Android devices closer together. Now, it's Google's turn. At CES 2022, Google announced that Android phones will be able to connect to Windows PCs through Fast Pair. This will make it easier to set up Bluetooth devices, sync text messages, and share files through Nearby Share.
Google will work with Acer, HP, and Intel to support Fast Pair between Android and Windows sometime in 2022.
This week's announcement comes on the heels of the news that Google Play games will be available on Windows PCs this year.
"For the first time with Android, we're also focused on building for other platforms, like Windows, whether it's in gaming, productivity or other areas," said Google's VP of multi-device experience, Erik Kay.
The majority of Kay's blog post focuses on efforts to connect Android devices to other pieces of hardware, such as Chromebooks, headphones, and TVs. Our friends over at Android Central cover the non-Windows side of Fast Pair in more depth. Google's section about Windows PCs is relatively short, but it shows a continued interest by Google to integrate Android hardware with Windows PCs.
Microsoft's Your Phone includes some of the same functionality as Google's Fast Pair. Samsung, Dell, and other manufacturers have also released solutions for connecting Android and Windows devices. With Google working with big names in the PC industry, we should have yet another way to connect devices by the end of this year.
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Google states that Fast Pair will work with "select Windows PCs," though the company did not clarify how exclusive the feature will be.
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I don't have a Ms account, I don't need one., i do have a dropbox account, but only use it once in a blue moon these days.
A friend complained that if you type a SMS to someone using your phone, it doesn't get sent to the phone, so you get half of the conversion stored on the phone, which is pretty useless to be honest.
Your phone app has advanced a lot in the last years.
I have a oneplus+ also not a Samsung. Everything i have wanted to do on your phone app has worked with no problems and cant really come up with uses i would use the app more for.
Nearby sharing on android is perfect, and on windows is meh. i often have to share documents and files from phone to laptop and the only way to do that so far is to upload it to onedrive.
your phone works fine for camera roll photos, but not for media downloaded from other sources.
if nearby share starts working with PCs and androids, it will make my life so much easier.
i can easily work on a document on my phone, than switch to same document on my PC, than switch to same document on my tablet and than switch to same document on my laptop all without waiting.
Same can be done on photos and videos,