Bluetooth SIG Announces Low-Energy Adoption
Today the Bluetooth Special Interest Group announced that it has formally adopted Bluetooth Low Energy technology, which is part of the Bluetooth 4.0 core specification. By dropping energy requirements of Bluetooth devices, it will allow improvements such as: ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption; the ability to run for years on standard coin-cell batteries; low cost; multi-vendor interoperability; and improved range. Manufacturers can use current Bluetooth (Bluetooth 2.1+EDR or Bluetooth 3.0+HS) chips with the new low energy stack. The Bluetooth SIG also points out that Bluetooth low energy can send very small packets at 1Mbps, can hop across frequencies, has latency of just 3ms, and is secure. The Bluetooth SIG expects devices using Bluetooth low energy to be available by the summer of 2010.
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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's IoT Ambitions Boosted By Mesh Networking
The Bluetooth SIG today added support for mesh networking to its core Bluetooth specification. The move targets the internet-of-things, smart homes, and business applications where simple connections between many devices are needed.
Bluetooth 5 Released By Bluetooth SIG
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the core Bluetooth 5 specification. Bluetooth 5 was first announced earlier this year and is now available in final form to technology companies.
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%.