With over 30,000 partners and 8.2 billion Bluetooth devices, Bluetooth is an international standard for simple, small distance communication. With its newest update, Bluetooth 5, transfer rates are twice as fast and range is 4 times more than its predecessor. Bluetooth also promises that Bluetooth 5 increases broadcasting capacity by 800%.
With significant updates to speed and range, Bluetooth will be an integral part of IoT (Internet of Things). Because Bluetooth is cross-platform and independent of hardware (as long as a compatible chip is used), it has the potential to be the ultimate connection medium for IoT enabled devices. Be it beacons helping you with navigating the airport or home automation gadgets for controlling your home garage door, Bluetooth can enable seamless communication and unknowingly be a part of our everyday lives.
Bluetooth 5 will ship late 2016 onwards, and I hope the next generation of flagship smartphones, including the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, will feature it. Not just that, we should see Bluetooth 5 enabled smartwatches, smart-home devices and unique Bluetooth powered gadgets we are currently unaware of.
Learn more about Bluetooth 5 here: Press Release
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