Bluetooth 5 Now Available: Officially Launched The Faster, Longer-Ranged Wireless Standard

It was announced that Bluetooth 5 would be the new wireless sync standard, replacing Bluetooth 4.2 and now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has officially made the platform available to manufacturers to use in devices. After a long wait, Bluetooth 5 has launched. Here are details on its specs, range and features that you really want to find on Bluetooth 5-compatible devices.

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About Bluetooth, it was to become a lot less hassle-prone. The wireless standard’s has adopted the Bluetooth 5 technology, clearing the way for device makers to use the much-improved tech in everything from phones to wearables to smart phone equipment.Bluetooth may not be the sexiest feature or specification listed on the box of the latest smartphone or computer, but without it, we would be in a bit of a mess. It is being used to allow that latest Internet of Things gadgets you bought to talk to your home automation system, or listening audio from your smartphonbe and piping it to your car’s entertainment system, Bluetooth is vital to how we go about our lives.

There are several other best Bluetooth speakers and Bluetooth headsets/earbuds for your music entertainment, which are purely based on wireless technology, and so it’s probably a good thing that Bluetooth 5 is just a few months way. In fact, it’s all ready now, but we definitely need to give manufacturers time to actually start using it.

Earlier this week, Bluetooth SIG announced the availability of Bluetooth 5, and it’s being the big cheese in their field. In fact, Bluetooth 5 is ready for manufacturers to set about implementing it into their devices, we could be in for some much-improved Bluetooth experiences, specifically due to increased range and speed capabilities.

“Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience.” – Mark Powell, Executive Director of the Bluetooth SIG”

The new spec is all about raw performance. You can expect up to four times the range, twice the speed and eight times the amount of data in broadcast messages. However, it should also make a difference anywhere that you notice Bluetooth’s existing limitations. Smartwatches could see a serious upgrade for some extent, as this one of the biggest bottlenecks on wristwear is the slow connection on to your phone. The device you use, there are techniques to reduce interference with other wireless devices for example.

Don’t only expect much of a boost to audio quality. While Bluetooth 5 could help in range, you won’t see improvements to audio compression, latency and power use until 2018. This newly adopted format is primarily about dragging Bluetooth’s range and speed into the modern era, and futuristic efforts will build on top of that groundwork.

Three of the big changes in particular Bluetooth SIG explained and we can expect as part of Bluetooth 5. Includes longer range (4X,) faster speeds (2X) and a larger broadcast message capacity (8X.) Those alone should make Bluetooth 5 a better proposition for many hardware makers thus allowing for competition with things like WiFi Direct.

Speed improvement should alone see a big in this criteria, with Bluetooth 5 able to offer connections of 721.2 kb/s for Basic Rate, 2.1 Mb/s for Enhanced Data Rate and a highest speed throughout of 54 Mb/s with the 802.11 AMP. Bluetooth 5 also includes updates that help reduce interference with other wireless technologies to ensure Bluetooth devices can coexist within the increasingly complex global IoT environment.

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The adoption of Bluetooth 5 comes at a crucial stage of industry growth, with ABI Research expecting 48 billion internet-enabled devices to be installed by 2021, of which nearly one-third will include Bluetooth. Bluetooth 5 delivers all of this while maintaining its low-energy functionality and flexibility for developers to meet the needs of their device or application.

Consumers can expect to see products built with Bluetooth 5 within two to six months of today’s release. Bluetooth 5 continues to revolutionize how people experience the IoT and to embrace technological advancements and push the unlimited potential of the IoT. For those wondering about increased interference thanks to that longer range, Bluetooth 5 is said to “have improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies.” Currently, it’s good to see the potential issue being acknowledged at least.

For more information on Bluetooth 5 launch and availability: www.bluetooth.com/bluetooth5

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