Android to Adopt Bluetooth Smart Ready
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group announced that a future version of Android will support Bluetooth Smart Ready and Bluetooth Smart devices. To-date, Android has not included a built-in Bluetooth stack, which means device makers have been on their own to add Bluetooth. By adding support for Bluetooth Smart Ready (Bluetooth 4.0 on a dual-mode chip) and Bluetooth Smart, Android will be capable of interacting with nearly all Bluetooth devices (keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.). Developers and accessory makers will be able to use the core Android SDK and included APIs to access the Android devices' Bluetooth radio, rather than use multiple APIs and work-arounds as they do today. According to Bluetooth SIG, this new version of Android will arrive in the coming months.
Mesh Networking Next On Bluetooth SIG's Hit List
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today said it plans to create a mesh networking profile for Bluetooth. It formed the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group, which will create the underlying architecture needed for standardized mesh networking.
LG Pairs Android with Flip Phone to Make the Wine Smart
LG today debuted the Wine Smart, a flip phone that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. The device was first revealed for the Korean market several weeks ago as the Gentle.
Bluetooth 4.2 Spec Targets Internet of Things
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today introduced Bluetooth 4.2, an updated specification that means to connect more devices and things to the internet. Bluetooth 4.2 supports IPv6 and 6LoWPAN, which allows Bluetooth Smart devices to connect directly to the internet through a router, rather than requiring an in-between device such as a tablet or smartphone.
Google Rolling Out 'Fast Pair' Bluetooth for Android Devices
Google today announced a new feature headed to Android phones that should ease Bluetooth pairing pains. The tool, called Fast Pair, makes discovering and pairing with nearby Bluetooth devices much simpler.
Bluetooth SIG Provides More Details About Bluetooth 5
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced Bluetooth 5, the next version of Bluetooth scheduled to launch late this year or early next year. The Bluetooth SIG says Bluetooth 5 quadruples the available range, doubles the speed, and improves data broadcasting capacity by 800%.