At I/O last year, Google revealed its plans to expand Fast Pair support to more types of devices, including speakers, Wear OS smartwatches, and cars from select manufacturers. The company followed up with an announcement earlier this year at CES to bring more Fast Pair support to more products, such as Android TVs, Chromebooks, and Matter-enabled smart home devices. Recently, the company shared another update about Fast Pair on Chromebooks, claiming that the feature will arrive on Chrome OS devices later this summer. Now, a new report reveals that Fast Pair support may soon make its way to wearable OS smartwatches as well.
Google recently updated the Google Play System Updates June 2022 change history with the following entry under the Device Connections section (via 9to5Google):
[Wear OS] Fast Pair on Wear OS to allow previously paired headphones to be detected and connected to wearable devices.
The fine print at the bottom of the page adds that the feature will become available through the Google Play Services v22.24 update, which began rolling out to users last week. This means that users should be able to connect to headphones previously paired with a Wear OS smartwatch once the update becomes widely available. However, the update has not been rolled out to most of the users yet.
Google may release the feature in preparation for the upcoming Pixel Watch, and it may not appear in other Wear OS smartwatches before the Google smartwatch hits the market. The Pixel Watch product page on Google Play states that the watch will provide Fast Pair support to help users quickly Connect the earbuds, the watch, and the phone to each other. However, it does not reveal whether or not the feature will be available on other Wear OS smartwatches. Google’s chances of limiting Fast Pair support for the Pixel Watch seem slim, as it will certainly be a useful addition to all Wear OS smartwatches.