Saturday June 11, 2016

Bluetooth 5 To Be Announced Next Week, Bringing 2x Speed, 4x Range

Bluetooth is pretty dependable but many wish their BT devices could move data faster or stay connected farther away, so these are very welcome improvements. There is no indication whether it will come to existing devices as a firmware update or require new hardware, but the latter is more likely.

Bluetooth 5, the next generation of Bluetooth standard, will be formally announced next week, offering quadruple the range and double the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol. Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email sent to UK health and monitoring company Blue Maestro. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London.