Bluetooth technology has evolved over the years and has always gotten better in one way or another. The current status of Bluetooth right now is Bluetooth 4.2, which includes LE (low energy) BT, LE Data Packet Length Extension, Link Layer Privacy, and more. Mark Powell, Executive Director of Bluetooth SIG let everyone know that Bluetooth 5 will be announced in London, England on June 16th.
Some specs that will be included in Bluetooth 5 will include doubling the range and quadrupling the speeds of Bluetooth LE. That means those that have Bluetooth 5 on future phones and want to transfer pictures from one phone to another will wait less time that what it takes now. Doubling the range itself if pretty awesome, so any new networked Internet of Things devices will be supported. Also included in this version will be support for full home coverage networking, industrial automation, outdoor usage, medical devices, and location-based services.
Powell had this to add about BT 5:
By adding significantly more capacity to advertising transmissions, Bluetooth 5 will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services to users around the world.
Powell also mentioned that the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) will make it easier to announce updates for Bluetooth by providing versions and point numbers in its marketing. That way companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Lenovo, Intel, Toshiba, Nokia, and Ericsson, can continue to focus on supporting applications for the Internet of Things.
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