Bluetooth SIG Intros New Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Branding
the Bluetooth Special Interest Group today introduced new branding to help consumers understand Bluetooth 4.0 devices and which ones are compatible with one another. There are two new classes of devices that will use "Bluetooth Smart Ready" and "Bluetooth Smart" to differentiate from standard Bluetooth devices. The Bluetooth Smart Ready devices are hub devies such as smartphones, computers, and tablets. The Bluetooth SIG is setting some strict guidelines for Bluetooth Smart Ready devices, which must: include Bluetooth 4.0 dual-mode radios and be updatable by consumers. Bluetooth Smart devices are those smaller devices that include sensors, such as pedometers, glucose meters, and heart-rate monitors. These devices will have Bluetooth single-mode radios inside. The Bluetooth Smart devices/sensors will be able to talk directly to Bluetooth Smart Ready device and transfer information gathered to those devices. The Bluetooth SIG believes these new designations will help consumers better understand how Bluetooth 4.0 low energy products will work with one another.
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%.
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'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.
FIDO to Let Smartphones Act As Authentication Keys
The Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance and Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced plans to make it possible for smartphones to serve as digital keys in two-factor authentication. FIDO plans to contribute Universal Second Factor (U2F) authentication specifications over Bluetooth Smart.