Google is aiming at making it easier to monitor the battery life of wireless earbuds in Android, with the next big update to its Bluetooth Fast Pair feature.
The search engine giant is adding a new interface in Android Q for managing Fast Pair-enabled headphones with device management features, Google Assistant settings, battery life information and links to third-party management apps all in one place, the Verge reported on Friday.
In October 2017, Google launched the Fast Pair technology to compete with Apple’s quick AirPods pairing. Google’s technology uses Bluetooth Low Energy and an Android phone’s location to automatically discover Bluetooth accessories in close proximity and then automatically connects with a tap.
As part of a major feature update, the search engine giant is planning to add deeper support for truly wireless headphones.
Headphones that support fast pair would eventually be able to show individual battery life data for the case and each earbud independently, as well as pop-up that information when opening or closing the case.
In addition, to offer the option to unpair or ring the missing buds, the updated Fast Pair headphones would also start appearing in Google’s Find My Device app, the report said.
Google spokesperson has confirmed that the new features would reach all the Fast Pair-enabled headphones including the Google Pixel Buds, Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II, JBL Live 220BT, 400BT and other existing headphones.
Without divulging further details, the company said the update to Fast Pair would be arriving “later this year”, the report noted. (IANS)
ICC Cricket World Cup was the top trending query on Google Search in 2019 in India, the company announced on Wednesday while announcing its “Year in Search” results, which highlight stand-out moments in Search across news, sporting events, personalities, movies, and songs.
Recapping the trends that stoked the Indian users’ imagination in 2019, Google India has compiled the list named “Year in Search”.
The top 10 list of trending search terms this year included Lok Sabha elections followed by the interest that surrounded the launch of Chandrayaan 2.
“Films like Kabir Singh, Gully Boy, Mission Mangal, Joker and Marvel’s blockbusters — Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel also featured in the overall list,” the company said in a statement.
IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman topped the list in the most searched personalities this year followed by Lata Mangeshkar and Yuvraj Singh.
This year also witnessed a unique entry of the Internet singing sensation Ranu Mondal.
Sporting searches were dominated by the Cricket World Cup followed by the Pro Kabaddi League. Other international sporting spectacles like the Wimbledon, Copa América, and the tennis tournaments (including the Australian, French and US Open) were also widely searched.
The major news event related searches were dominated by the Lok Sabha Elections, Chandrayaan 2, and Article 370.
Other important news events including the Maharashtra and Haryana state assembly elections were also widely searched.
The list also saw a mix of both local and global news moments such as the Pulwama attack, Cyclone Fani, the Ayodhya verdict, and the Amazon forest fire.
Some of the most-interesting search terms were centered around “How to..”, and “What is…”.
On local searches around ‘Near me…’, the top queries revolved around “Dance classes near me” followed by “Salons near me”. Interestingly, a pertinent entry in this particular list in 2019 was “Air quality Index near me”. (IANS)