We will be seeing the new Bluetooth 5 in action sometime in late 2016 or early 2017 as the official announcement for its release has been made by the Bluetooth Special Investment Group. This is going to be the first major change we see since 2009, and the update promises to make Bluetooth more in sync with today’s world of devices and better equipped to cope up with the increasing Internet of Things (IoT).
Mark Powell the Executive Director for Bluetooth SIG sent an email to Blue Maestro which is a UK based health and monitoring company to confirm that there will be an update to the Bluetooth technology and the public announcement would be made within a week. The two main points of focus for the update has been the range of connectivity and the transfer speed that the Bluetooth 5 will have, which have both been dramatically improved.
The upgrade is quite impressive as Bluetooth 5 will be able to stay connected to four times the current range as well transfer data twice as fast as the previous Bluetooth v4.x version and to put icing on the cake is the fact that all this will not increase the battery consumption of your phone.
In practicality this means that your Bluetooth connection will not drop if you venture out of the room and you won’t have to sit and wait for a quite a while whilst some heavy files are transferring. This update of the Bluetooth feature brings with a lot of opportunities for business and corporations which have an interest in trying out beacon technology.
The Bluetooth 5 is able to transfer a ton of more data than before which is almost 800% therefore broadcasting abilities will be improved significantly. Originally beacons were only capable of transferring a URL to a device which could hold only a certain amount of additional information but with Bluetooth 5 this capacity for additional information.
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The Bluetooth SIG has done its work and now it is the manufacturers turn to show us what they plan on doing with this technology and inculcate it into their hardware.