Find My Device 2.4 prepares to add support for finding your Bluetooth Fast Pair accessories
Back at Google I/O in May 2019, Google announced lots of new software, devices, and features. One such announcement that they made pertained to the Google Fast Pair Service (GFPS) integrating with Find My Device. GFPS is a part of Google Play Services. Fast Pair does, more or less, exactly what it says on the tin and allows a device owner to quickly pair their smartphone to a Bluetooth device. Fast Paired devices are synced to the user’s Google account, so that they can be connected to multiple phones via a shared Google account, rather than needing to go through the pairing process on each individual device. Find My Device v2.4 takes a step towards preparing to add support for finding your Fast Paired accessories, according to new strings added to the app.
<string name="accessory_status_connected_device">Connected to %1$s</string>\n<string name="accessory_status_disconnected_device">Last connected to %1$s at %2$s</string>\n<string name="unpair">Unpair</string>\n<string name="unpair_message_body_1">Your %1$s will be disconnected.</string>\n<string name="unpair_message_body_2">Your %1$s will be disconnected from %2$s.</string>\n<string name="unpair_result_fail">"Couldn't unpair headphone"</string>\n<string name="unpair_result_success">Unpaired</string>\n<string name="unpair_title">Unpair headphone?</string>
Of course, it’s not going to be perfect and will ultimately still be reliant on having been paired to your smartphone at some point. Google had said in their announcement that you’ll be able to view the rough location on a map that they were last spotted, though that will have been reported by the phone that they were paired to. You’ll be able to see when you last had a connection to them, but that’s about it. One pretty cool feature that Google also mentioned will be available is the ability to set a Fast Paired device to ring once it’s in range of your smartphone.
There’s no real timeframe on when this feature will be implemented, but if Google is gearing up to add support for it after it was announced 6 months ago, it can’t be too far off. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this feature, as while it may be limited in some aspects, it’s certainly better than nothing.
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