Bluetooth is a wireless connectivity standard that is as normal in our devices today as a headphone jack, sometimes even in devices lacking a headphone jack. Although unlike the headphone jack, bluetooth has evolved a great deal since its inception and the latest version for a while has been Bluetooth 4.x.
That is about to change now as the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) finally announced the adoption of Bluetooth 5 as the new standard.
Bluetooth 5 was unveiled on June 16th but at the time, this was just the formal introduction to Bluetooth 5 and not the actual adoption of Bluetooth 5 as the current standard. It wasn’t until today that it came to the market as a technology ready for implementation clearing the way for device makers to use the much-improved technology in everything from phones to wearables to smart home equipment.
You won’t necessarily see it immediately in upcoming devices of course. The group expects Bluetooth 5-equipped products to hit the market in the next 2 to 6 months, or right around when the next wave of smartphones is likely to arrive meaning we are sure to see a variety of new products sporting the technology at CES 2017.
The next-generation Bluetooth standard offers longer range, faster speed, a larger broadcast message capacity, and better interoperability with other wireless technologies. Compared to existing Bluetooth 4.2 protocol, Bluetooth 5 offers four times the range, two times the speed, and eight times the broadcast message capacity, bringing whole home coverage and more reliable connections between connected devices.
Of course, with the advent of IoT, much of the selling points with Bluetooth 5 will be around its interoperability and ability to connect to a greater number (and to a greater degree) of wireless technologies. As well as lessening the likelihood of interference developing with those other wireless technologies.
While Bluetooth 5 could help with range, you won’t see improvements to audio compression, latency and power use until 2018. So don’t expect much of a boost to audio quality.
Are there any products you specially want to see take advantage of Bluetooth 5?
Source : Bluetooth