Final version of Bluetooth 5 is released to tech firms by the Bluetooth SIG

Final version of Bluetooth 5 is released to tech firms by the Bluetooth SIG
Back during the summer (June to be precise), we told you that Bluetooth 5 would feature faster speeds, wider range of service and enhanced support for Beacons. Today, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released the specifications for Bluetooth 5. The wireless range increases by 400%, and wireless speed doubles compared to Bluetooth 4. The updated standards are more stable, and offer more power and security.

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.


source: BluetoothSIG

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12 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

When will the phones start to equip BT5?

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

According to the article, expect BT5 products to hit the market in the window of 2 to 6 months.

6. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

hmmm....to be safe, GS8 will not have it

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You're probably right, but if they haven't started to mass produce the phone, you can't rule it out. or it could possibly be present i the Galaxy S8 Active.... Who knows.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I haven't followed too closely tech relating to home automation, but I can see this tech making things much more intuitive to setup. Have music follow you around the house, have lights turn on and off as you enter and exit rooms. Ha, imagine getting split up from your family in an IKEA store and using this to pinpoint your family's exact location in the store. very cool possibilities.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"The wireless range increases by 400%, and wireless speed doubles compared to Bluetooth 4." That's a significant improvement there... Can't wait to enjoy that wireless transfer speed!

5. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Hopefully this will improve Bluetooth sound quality. Double the speeds hopefully means double the band width

7. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lets get the jank out of Bluetooth first. I would like the quick toggles to actually have a use. Tired of going in settings to make s@it connect.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You wouldn't have too if you used a Samsung device. Anyways, does this mean BT headphones won't sound like crap anymore? Or does not enhancing BT, not affect audio degradation?

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7207; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I wouldn't like to get a s**tload of adds when i walk through a mall...

11. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Hope the LG G6 will have it!

12. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

How about enabling 5GHz frequency, so that my headsets doesn't cut out with the flood of 2.4GHz.

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