What to expect in the next Bluetooth upgrade

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Few days ago, Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced what it has in store for the next Bluetooth versions in 2016, here are it’s plans;

Increase in Range: Bluetooth versions will have a range of almost 4 times the current range of typical Class 2 devices which is at 10 meters. This would help home/workplace appliances and devices to connect at a greater distance with each other.

Increase in transfer speeds: Bluetooth SIG has promised a 100% increase in data transfer speed, which won’t affect power consumption negatively. Now they’ve gotten my attention, currently Bluetooth 4.0 speed is at 24Mbit/s, with this new development, transfer speed will increase to almost 50Mbit/s, wait time has been reduced, yea?

Mesh Networking this will allow networked Bluetooth devices to provide coverage for whole buildings and homes. This upgrade will put a smile on the faces of many, though a lot now prefer to transfer files using other protocols such as WiFi & NFC, a higher percentage still prefer Bluetooth, besides from the look of things it’s not going to be obsolete any time soon.


Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs). Invented by telecom vendor Ericsson in 1994, it was originally conceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables. It can connect several devices, overcoming problems of synchronization.

The name “Bluetooth” is an Anglicised version of the Scandinavian Blåtand/Blåtann (Old Norse blátǫnn), the epithet of the tenth-century king Harald Bluetooth who united dissonant Danish tribes into a single kingdom and, according to legend, introduced Christianity as well. The idea of this name was proposed in 1997 by Jim Kardach who developed a system that would allow mobile phones to communicate with computers.


The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is the body that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers. The SIG is a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation founded in September 1998. The SIG is headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. The SIG has local offices in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Malmö.



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