Google FastPair Audio Switching

If you have multiple devices and a single pair of Bluetooth headphones, you will understand the difficulty of switching the audio. For example, if you are watching a movie on a tablet with your Bluetooth headphones, when you a receive a call on your smartphone, you have to disconnect your headphones from tablet and again connect them with your smartphone.

If you own a Bluetooth multipoint-supported headphones, you don’t have to manually connect to devices, but you have to manually switch audio sources when you want to. Google is now introducing a smart audio switching technology that will help you switch between devices easily.

Google’s new audio switching technology is built on top of Fast Pair. It uses contextual information on what you’re listening to in order to switch the audio based on your actions. For example, if you’re watching a video on your tablet and you receive a message notification on your phone, your headphone will not switch to your phone. But if you receive a phone call, your headphone audio will make the switch.

Also, Google will offer full control of the switching with a notification that appears allowing you to switch the audio back to the original device you were listening on in a single tap. With audio switching headphones that support Bluetooth multipoint, you can also connect up to two Bluetooth devices at a time.

Google is now rolling out audio switching between Android phones and tablets with Bluetooth multipoint on the new Pixel Buds Pro. Google will also bring the audio switching technology to select Sony and JBL headphones in the coming weeks.