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Google is bringing much better support for true wireless earbuds to Android Q

Google is working on a host of features for wireless earbuds and headphones, starting with more granular battery levels.

Published onJuly 22, 2019

Google is stepping up support for true wireless earbuds and Fast Pair headphones.
True wireless earbuds in a case.

Android hasn’t had the best support for wireless audio accessories, but Google has made some notable strides in the last few years. Now, the company has confirmed that it’s bringing more comprehensive support for increasingly popular true wireless earbuds to Android.

In a post on the Android Developers Blog (h/t: The Verge), Google said you’ll be able to see individual battery levels for each Fast Pair-enabled earbud as well as the charging case. This information will also pop up when opening and closing your charging case. The update is said to arrive “later this year,” with no specific launch window given.

The outlet says Fast Pair-enabled headphones will appear on Google’s Find My Device app “soon,” allowing you to easily locate, unpair or ring your wireless earbuds.

Google's new menu for Fast Pair wireless earbuds.

Google is also creating a unified interface for managing Fast Pair-enabled audio accessories in Android Q (seen above). This interface will deliver battery life details, links to third-party management apps, Google Assistant settings, and more in one space.

Finally, Google notes that the new capabilities are coming to all Fast Pair headphones. But it also revealed a list of specific headphones that will receive the feature. These accessories are: Anker Spirit Pro GVA, Anker SoundCore Flare+ (Speaker), JBL Live 220BT, JBL Live 400BT, JBL Live 500BT, JBL Live 650BT, Jaybird Tarah, 1MORE Dual Driver BT ANC, LG HBS-SL5, LG HBS-PL6S, LG HBS-SL6S, LG HBS-PL5, and Cleer Ally Plus.

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