Despite receipt of Bluetooth 5 certification, HTC U11 won't run new features until Android O is installed

Despite receipt of Bluetooth 5 certification, HTC U11 won't run new features until Android O is installed
The HTC U11 has received its Bluetooth 5.0 certification from the Bluetooth SIG. But that doesn't mean that the phone's new Bluetooth capabilities are now available. The new features won't be completely offered to users until the next build of Android, Android O, is actually installed on the handset later this year. The new version of Bluetooth will allow data to be transmitted at speeds twice as fast as presently available, and transmission distance will increase by a factor of four. The amount of information and data sent in each broadcast will increase by as much as eight times the current number.

Helping to prevent logjams and interference will be new algorithms designed to prevent Bluetooth users from using transmission channels already being employed for Wi-Fi or LTE. According to the Special Interest Group, Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) specifications for audio transmissions are still in flux and should be finished by the end of 2017.

The thing to remember is that Android N does not support any of the Bluetooth 5 features. On the other hand, Android O will support Bluetooth 5 natively.

Right now, the HTC U11 and Samsung Galaxy S8 are the only Android-flavored handsets that have received their Bluetooth 5 certification.

source: HTC via Engadget

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  • Battery 3000 mAh
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6. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Can't wait for Android O to be installed on my U11 to use the feature :)

3. Avieshek unregistered

But there's already a Bluetooth 5.1 ready and Google is working on with 5.2

8. toukale

Posts: 676; Member since: Jun 10, 2015


2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just posted the U11 is a Galaxy wannabe. S8 using the benefits if BT5.0 now under 7.0.

4. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1187; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

In your mind, every other smartphone manufacturer is a galaxy wanna be. What's wrong with you???? You are basically a blind Samsung zombie at this stage

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7692; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

TechieXP At least it has the latest Bluetooth 5 and LTE cat 16. Something that the latest iPhone's might not have. Well it's guaranteed that the latest iPhone's will not have the latest LTE, especially since Qualcomm is the only one that supports gigabit LTE.

5. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Its not. Its using 4.2 which doesnt support any of these new features.The S8 has some kind of dual audio but that is not BT5 related.

9. toukale

Posts: 676; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@TechieXP - LMFAO

11. Pukwudgie

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

U11 blows away Samsung garbage. No, the S8 isn't using all the benefits of bluetooth 5 because *Android 7 doesn't support them*

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

LOL keep on dreaming

1. androiduser

Posts: 578; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Which won't happen till 2018..

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