Bluetooth 5 to pack a punch with much faster speeds and wider range

Bluetooth 5 to pack a punch with much faster speeds and wider range
Bluetooth 5, the predictably named next major iteration of one of the most popular wireless standards, is expected to be formally unveiled next week. The new incarnation of Bluetooth is expected to offer a significant improvement over the current version, with double the range and four times the speed of low energy Bluetooth transmissions.

News of the upcoming announcement comes from executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) Mark Powell who revealed in a newsletter earlier this week that next incarnation of the technology will be announced at the Discover Blue press event in London on June 16:



Bluetooth 5 is also promised to make Bluetooth beacons more useful. These are basically devices – still not very popular right now – which broadcast signals that can be picked up by smart devices nearby. The technology could be employed at different venues – at retail stores, stadiums, galleries, museums, and many more – to automatically send small pieces of data, containing whatever type of information, to smart devices nearby.

As for the name of the new versionyou might have noticed that SIG has decided to drop the reference to both the version (e.g. v4.0, v4.1) and the point number in its marketing messaging. This has been done for the sake of simplification, Mr. Powell says.

Source: Bluetooth Special Interest Group via CNET

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16 Comments

1. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

What does "with four double the range" mean? Is that 4x the range, or 2x the range? 4x the speed is a welcomed addition though.

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Just double range

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

faster file transfer? iPhone user will love this to share their file to other phone /s

6. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Uhhh, I can't remember the last time I used Bluetooth on my phone, back in the days where internet access was less common, I would use it to share some pirated music and some small video clips, but now, it way faster to just send it through email or just upload it to the cloud. I think the only time I do use Bluetooth, is when using the magic mouse with MacBook, but then again, thats a laptop. Bluetooth is seriously losing its grounds now.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Uhhh, I can't remember the last time I used Bluetooth on my phone" I use it often to send a few photos from my OnePlus One to my Surface Pro 2 while out in the field, so I can add them to my 12GB and growing OneNote and annotate on them for future reference... Also use it to shear with colleagues who didn't buy into the fruity ecosystem. Only place it's losing ground is in the iWorld...then again, multiple dumb phone features have "lost ground" in that place.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Every photo or video file I took is automatically and instantly uploaded to my PC and my iPad. I have been sharing files and media with android and iOS - there are hundreds of apps for that that do not require the other party to have the same app. Learn the platform before trolling. BT is something that's used on some android devices as primary way to transfer files (slowly), but it's not the only way - there are faster and more convenient ways to transfer files. Just like you point out that android users can't BT files to iOS natively, iOS users cant airdrop files to android users. Different ecosystems use different methods. I prefer airdrop as it shares files instantly with multiple users salmontaniously.

10. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I wouldn't bother replying to him, he's obsessed with Apple (even his name), every post he makes is about them. He's probably been banned from standing around outside his local Apple store for licking the windows. He loves them really because it's the only subject he can talk about, he tries to find every little fault he can to jump on because he knows Apple will never love him back and he's trying to deal with it the best way he can... Just let him come to terms with it in his own good time.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Ignorance at it's finest. You sure remember only what you want to remember...

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"there are hundreds of apps for that that do not require the other party to have the same app. Learn the platform before trolling." Show me which apps allow that without using the other person's data, you keep ignorantly implying "iOS has the same stuff", yet you never point out anything to back such claims...iSheep never fail to impress with their strong ignorance. "BT is something that's used on some android devices as primary way to transfer files (slowly), but it's not the only way" Then point out the faster way that does it without demanding anyone to use their data plan! So much claims, zero sources to back them...typical. "Just like you point out that android users can't BT files to iOS natively, iOS users cant airdrop files to android users" iOS isn't the only one that Android can share files to, but I guess apple hasn't told you that. My Surface Pro sure doesn't run iOS nor Android, and it easily accepts files from dumb phones, Android Smartphones, Windows Smartphones, etc., basically anything but iOS. "Different ecosystems use different methods" Only iOS ecosystem remains incompatible with everything else, stop impotently trying to generalize that BS of your divine platform. Over 90% of planet Earth is using anything but apple's product, yet they easily and seamlessly share content with one another. iOS just remains officially incompatible and too dumb to do what even dumb phones were capable of... "I prefer airdrop as it shares files instantly with multiple users salmontaniously." AirDrop is just WiFi direct with a fancy name, and again, restricted to just apple's platform, maybe that works for you in your iWorld, but that's not gonna help in sharing content with 90% of the devices here on Earth...

14. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

why isn't there any method to directly use the wifi to make an ad-hoc connection between 2 devices, that would be way more faster for file transfer and also would mean better connectivity because it is pretty much a fact that wifi connections are way more stronger than bluetooth ones (probably would use more power, but wifi for large file transfer, bluetooth for continuous connect for controller and etc )

13. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Probably because I never do much on my phone, but I guess that really depends how you use it. If you use your phone for editing and stuff, maybe bluetooth could be just a quick and hassle-less way for you to transfer stuff, for me, most of the things I transfer are a lot of songs, movies etc. I am sure you know bluetooth doesn't really cut it for transferring large files. So yeah, I really have not used bluetooth on my phone for the last 3 years. but then again, that's me.

4. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

What bluetooth needs to do is move off the 2.4ghz spectrum to something that is not used by wifi networks. Good luck trying to use a bluetooth headset in an area with a lot of 2.4ghz wifi networks.

8. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

^This!!! It's so annoying like when I'm streaming music through a Bluetooth speaker or my BT headphones, but the stream gets interrupted because I'm connected to WiFi on my phone too. >:-(

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Here's a idea. Make Bluetooth actually work. Fast toggle has no use. Always have to go in settings. When I'm in range, connect. That's all I want from Bluetooth. If not then some new tech.

16. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Apple might soon kill Bluetooth just like headphone Jack

17. Sam_Smith

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

I hope this is an improvement. Wireless is definitely preferred for my listening and exercise~ -- Sam Smith Technology Evangelist and Aspiring Chef. Large file transfers made easy. innorix.com/en/DS

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