Final version of Bluetooth 5 is released to tech firms by the Bluetooth SIG11
The Bluetooth SIG says that better Bluetooth powered products are coming in the wearables, industrial, home automation and enterprise markets. Products with Bluetooth 5 functionality are expected to launch sometime in the next two to six months. According to the Bluetooth SIG, Bluetooth 5 will also improve how data is collected for beacons. These are the small devices that can send out targeted information to consumers viewing their smartphones or tablets as they walk through a store. For example, someone standing by the Samsung televisions inside a department store could be targeted using the beacons, with special deals for Samsung televisions. That is how focused the beacons can be. Currently, Bluetooth 4 LE is used with the beacons. With the new Bluetooth 5, shoppers will be more easily targeted by the beacons.
According to the SIG, two out of three consumers prefer that their devices feature Bluetooth technology inside. By 2020, 13.9 million wireless devices will ship according to the Special Interest Group's computations. One out of every three of those devices will include Bluetooth.