"Google Edition" of HTC One, running Android 4.3., visits Bluetooth SIG

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The "Google Edition" of the HTC One has been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG. The model received certification for Bluetooth on July 5th after the application was filed on June 18th. The model number, PN071, reflects the fact that this is a stock Android handset available from the Google Play Store. As a "Google Edition" model, the phone will receive quick OS updates directly from Google without the carrier testing that slows down the process.

So why would a device already approved for Bluetooth need to go through the whole certification process again? It could simply be due to the Android 4.3 update which will add Bluetooth 4.0 LE support. This is the Low Energy version of Bluetooth that allows a phone to sync with accessories like heart rate monitors, thermometers and other similar monitors.

Keep in mind that Android 4.3 has not been officially announced by Google, but we could see it rolled out sometime later this month for Google Edition and Nexus devices with a possible refresh version of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, recently seen by the FCC, also getting unveiled.

The Google Edition of the HTC One was spotted at the Bluetooth SIG wearing Android 4.3

source: BluetoothSIG via Techtastic, AndroidAuthority

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