Undoubtedly, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that revolutionized modern day data exchange. The low energy standard is preferred for its low battery consumption. It was, however, being overshadowed by Wi-Fi direct because of the 10 times file transfer speed capability the latter had.
Bluetooth v4.2 was until now the latest release, boasting of improvements including;
• Link Layer Privacy,
• LE Data Packet Length Extension,
• LE Secure Connections
• IP connectivity
Wireless technology fans have now something new to look forward to. Bluetooth is set for the formal announcement of Bluetooth 5 within a week’s time.
SIG Bluetooth 5 announcement
Information on the imminent release of Bluetooth 5 did not come as a public announcement- the announcement is scheduled for 16th June in London at the Discover Blue press event. It was through an email sent by Mark Powell- the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) executive director- to a UK-based health and monitoring company known as Blue Maestro. The wireless technology standard is developed and managed by the group, which constitutes an excess of 25,000 member companies in the fields of telecommunication, consumer electronics, computing, and networking.
Notably, the to-be-announced version name is different from the past ones. SIG settled to dropping both the version and point number references (such as v 4.0, v4.1, v4.2) to just Bluetooth 5 for the purpose of simplicity.
While it is expected this version will feature upgrades and improvements to the previous versions such as enhanced support for connected devices under the IoT (Internet-of-things) hardware genre and wider support for new technologies among others, there are two major highlight features worth mentioning. This next version offers twice the connection range and up to four times the transfer speed. Imagine the possibility of Bluetooth connection between devices far apart and at a much faster speed?
A number of concerns come about with this announcement. For instance, it will be interesting to see if there will be a firmware upgrade to deal with the compatibility issue between existing devices and the Bluetooth 5, or if manufacturers will launch new products with the new Bluetooth version in-built. Guess we will have to wait just a bit longer to have such queries addressed.
In recent years, companies have steadily adopted wireless technology meaning that they are embracing it as the way forward. Apple, for instance, is rumored to be in the process of doing away with the 3.5mm headphone jacks in their smartphones and adopting Bluetooth for the audio. With this anticipated public announcement going forward come a new area of wireless connectivity that will be much efficient and effective.