Bluetooth Version 5 Now Official: Improved Range, Faster Speed

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Many of us use Bluetooth not only for small file transfers, but also for connecting various devices such as headsets, keyboards as well as a number home appliances. Now, the latest version, v5, has officially been finalized by the Bluetooth SIG (or Special Interest Group), and is ready to be adopted by manufacturers all over the world.

The newest version has twice the bandwidth of v4.2, and includes other notable improvements: faster speed, four times the range, and eight times the broadcast message capacity.

So what does this mean to us, consumers? well simply put, the main benefit that we would be getting is a wider coverage area for our Bluetooth devices. (No change in sound quality unfortunately). Perhaps an entire house? or a building? we’ve yet to see it with our own eyes. But at least we know that the technology is moving forward.

The first wave of products with Bluetooth 5 should be available on shelves early next year.

Source: The Next Web

Photo: bluetooth.com

 

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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