Google Glass hits the FCC with Bluetooth 4 LE (which stock Android doesn't support yet)
0. phoneArena 31 Jan 2013, 16:33 posted on
Before you get too excited, while there is a new filing in the FCC for Google Glass, this is undoubtedly the Google Glass Explorer edition, not the final consumer model. The Explorer Edition of Google Glass is the model designed for developers and super-early adopters who shelled out the $1500 at last year's Google I/O to get a pre-release version of the hardware. Still, this model should give us a peek into what to expect with the final model, including Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE), which is interesting because stock Google doesn't support BLE yet...
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1. caseball2051 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
i hope this comes to fruition. seems like a cool piece of tech!
3. Hemlocke (unregistered)
BT 4.0 LE? Amazing tech. By the time Android supports it, Apple will be on its 3rd gen BT LE handsets.
5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Sadly, you may be right. Depending on how the release dates for the next Android update and the iPhone 5S shake out, you may be able to say that Apple had 3 BLE compatible handsets out before Android supported it.
Of course, even if Android releases first, saying that Apple had 2 BLE iPhones before Android had stock support isn't all that much better.
13. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
I'd be upset with Android not supporting it if anything truly useful or revolutionary supported BLE, and only BLE.
At least retail companies are trying with NFC...
15. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That's just a cop out. Plenty of products support it, just because they also have compatibility for older Bluetooth profiles, doesn't mean Android doesn't need support. My headset supports BLE, but because my Nexus 7 nor Nexus 4 support it, I've still got to charge my headset every couple days.
17. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Which headset is it because I have so far not seen anything that says BLE supports voice communication (and I'm looking for one for work)? It might pair and maintain connection with a low energy link, but that might be the extent... all the science-y stuff is still being done by the old school battery draining "low tech" method.
Saying Apple has somehow leaped ahead of Android because it supported BLE first is a sortof misnomer since it is an iteration of existing feature and has yet to provide any new options that didn't exist before. Apple not including NFC on their phones is a bigger issue IMO. That has the capability to change daily routines, not just improve existing ones.
That being said, that doesn't excuse Google from not implementing it sooner. We would probably see better BLE product penetration if they did...
(can anyone tell I'm stuck on a tele-con call... sorry for being word-y)
16. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
This is interesting and Google should include it in the next version hopefully....
But remember that iOS did not even support AVRCP until the iPhone 4 if I remember right...
So, it goes both ways... and to be honest, most of the time, support for new technologies is more often found on Android...
4. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Vibrating element... to my head????
Um... I'm sure they could do better than that...
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Somehow, I suspect BT 4.0 LE will be part of the feature set for KLP.
7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It's not a suspicion, as stated in the article, Android engineer Matthew Xie confirmed that BLE will be in the next version of Android.
11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
hey michaelHeller just curious did your crew @ PA pre-order a DEV EDITION OF GLASS? just wondering.
12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Not as far as I know. I'd love to get my hands on a pair, though.
9. roscuthiii (Posts: 2190; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Hmm, I thought it may have been jumping the gun by calling KLP Android 5.0 (was figuring more on a decimal increase), but perhaps if they're ready to include Google Glass the 5.0 is warranted after all.
Then again, Google does like to communicate through lawn sculpture. We'll definitely know Glass is ready when they have a glass Bugdroid out front, as opposed to the recent chrome one. Or, maybe someone just needs to get a closer look at that statue...
10. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
damn wish i pre order one but dont have 1,500$ :(