Qualcomm tinkered Bluetooth 5.0 to allow music streaming to two devices simultaneously


Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 845 chipset can do a lot of things that weren't possible until now or required extra accessories. For example, if you want to pair two speakers to an Android device to stream music at the same time, you'll need an accessory like a hub.

Well, it looks like Qualcomm has found a way to tweak Bluetooth 5.0 support on its Snapdragon 845 chip so that users can stream music to two devices (smartphones, speakers) at the same time without an extra accessory in-between.

According to Peter Carson, Qualcomm's director of product marketing, the adjustments to Bluetooth 5.0 are made using a proprietary technology (hardware and software).

Basically, owning a device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip will allow you to send single music streams to each speaker, smartphone, and pair of headphones. Moreover, besides HD quality music streaming, the technology supports live audio as well.

The standard Bluetooth technology sends the stereo audio signal from a phone to one of the earbuds. Then, the earbud transmits the audio signal to the other earbud. However, thanks to the new technology, a Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone will send stereo audio signals to both earbuds at the same time.

Another advantage of the new technology is that it offers up to 50% lower power consumption in comparison with the current standard.

Qualcomm says the technology will need specific support from apps and devices, which is why it will provide APIs to anyone interested to adopt its technology.

source: Qualcomm via Phonescoop

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21 Comments

1. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Wow, great going Dragon..

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Oh noooo, this is the Samsung's ground breaking innovation isn't it???LOL. Here goes nothing......lolz

2. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 145; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Galaxy S8's can already do this, and they run Snapdragon 835.. Just sayin

3. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Samsung helped Qualcomm with 835 ad 845

4. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I was thinking the same thing while reading this. I was like I've been doing that with my S8+ since April. Maybe its a Samsung feature at the moment that the new standard will be able to duplicate now.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Qualcomm just crapped on the massive Samsung innovation lol

16. Peacetoall unregistered

Samsung innovated it first and Qualcomm copied it just like apple copied many samsung innovation.

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's however not a standard feature of Bluetooth 5.0 but an adaptation made by Samsung to provide it. Qualcomm has now integrated it into the SoC more than likely making it more efficient than Samsung's workaround.

5. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Already doing it with my Note8.

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

So what?? LMAO

17. Peacetoall unregistered

Hmm iphone would need more dongle to perform that function you know that right

19. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You two would make such a beautiful couple

6. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Anyone care to explain how I can do this? I have a BT soundbar and a portable BT speaker and Note 8. How can I send an audio signal to both?

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

10. Robert235

Posts: 70; Member since: May 30, 2010

samsung and lg v20 can do this

20. Toyoman24

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

note 8 has this Fuqq yea

21. lululaptitlu

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

Moto X4 can do this as well, on 4 speakers

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