Bluetooth has become such a part of our lives that it is easy to forget that just like other realms of our lives, it is still developing and changing. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG for short) defines the standard and have been teasing some changes to the system - the first major update since 2009.
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Yesterday, they shared more about what we can expect from the newest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 5, which is expected to come within the next year. The next update will quadruple the range of connections and double speed, without actually using any more power consumption, according to Android Police.
The improvements to your daily life will be quite discernable. Your next Bluetooth speaker won't skip around if you happen to walk just a little too far out of bounds, your Apple Watch will receive notifications a lot more quickly, and you might even be able to use streaming over your speakers without sputtering.
For Bluetooth devices that broadcast information, they will be so much easier to use. Their broadcasting capacity will increase eight-fold, meaning that you will be able to send and receive more information in a single interaction. This can help when you are using your phone at a museum, when you are trying to send something, or even when you are using Bluetooth for medical information.
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Who knows what else the improvements will bring in the future - stronger connections means that the future is unlimited in terms of the things we can make.