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)
Google has cracked down on its employees who encourage political speech and internal debates at workplace, restricting the company’s historically open work culture.
In an email sent to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained the company’s revised community guidelines.
“While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not.
“Our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics,” the new guidelines read.
The new rules come as Google faces increasing scrutiny from politicians, the public, and its employees on a number of issues, reports Vox.
“Don’t troll, name call, or engage in ad hominem attacks — about anyone. Be respectful in your comments about (and to) your fellow Googlers,” the guidelines read.
“Working at Google comes with tremendous responsibility. It’s critical that we honour that trust and uphold the integrity of our products and services. The guidelines are official policy and apply when employees are communicating in the workplace,” Google said in a statement given to The Verge.
Google has been hit by a couple of walkouts and sit-ins in the past over workplace policies.
In November, nearly 20,000 Google employees across the world walked out following the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment allegations.
Six months after they staged a walkout against workplace harassment, Google employees on May 1 staged sit-in protest at the IT major’s offices across the world. The group “Google Walkout For Real Change” organised the sit-in protest.
The search engine giant in 2017 fired the author of a controversial memo on gender diversity that went viral inside the company.