IoT to benefit from next year’s Bluetooth enhancements

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The body of companies leading Bluetooth technology’s growth will be making a push to bring huge advancements next year that are meant to benefit the functionality of the Internet of Things. For those unaware, the IoT is general name of the network of devices that have sensors to collect data and share it with others. The Bluetooth SIG announced that Bluetooth connections in 2016 will have longer range and faster speeds. Specific growth for those two areas is enormous. Range should increase by four times while speed doubles. It will also gain ‘mesh networking’, a method that connects devices to form networks covering buildings big or small.

The Bluetooth SIG is targeting the Internet of Things because of its market potential sitting at as much as $11.1 trillion by 2025.

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New Moto 360 may have just been Bluetooth certified

Motorola_Moto_360_Classic_Watch_Face_TAThe next generation Moto 360 has likely just passed through official Bluetooth certification, which might indicate that we’ll see the successor to Motorola’s rounded smartwatch relatively soon.

The device has a model number of BTMW03, which is extremely similar to the Moto 360’s BTMW01 model. The certification also mentions that it’s an Android product, so that rules out any type of Bluetooth speaker, headset, or other accessory. It either has to be the new 360, or something completely out of left field that no one’s expecting. The former is a safer bet. Read more

Bluetooth SIG announces new 4.2 standard


The folks that manage the Bluetooth standards over at Bluetooth SIG announced an update to the standard taking it to Bluetooth 4.2, which includes some significant upgrades and changes. Perhaps the biggest change to come with this update is the ability for Bluetooth 4.2 devices to connect directly to the Internet using a new Bluetooth Smart Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) architecture. Read more

LG G3 Prime may be in the works


Although consumers in many parts of the world are still patiently waiting to get their hands on an LG G3, the company is not resting on the laurels thrown their way regarding the new smartphone. Like so many other manufacturers, they appear to be working on an upgraded version of their latest flagship, a device that has been dubbed the “LG G3 Prime” by the Internet.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition (GT-I9515) appears on Bluetooth SIG website


The long rumored Samsung Galaxy GT-I9515, which could be called the Galaxy S4 Value Edition, received a Bluetooth SIG certification yesterday. This means that Samsung might unveil the device soon.

The device is another variation of the Galaxy S4, but with newer software equipped. There’s no official detail on the phone’s specifications, but previous rumors hint that the features of the device is similar to the original Galaxy S4, sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device is said to be available in seven colors: white, black, brown, red, pink, purple and blue.

The smartphone has yet to be officially announced by Samsung. Stay tuned for more updates.

Source: Bluetooth SIG
Via: PhoneArena

Bluetooth SIG and Alliance for Wireless Power connect on new specification for smart charging stations


Apparently someone issued a memo urging companies to take a bigger interest in wireless charging as we have yet another bit of news from that field. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced today that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Bluetooth SIG to establish a formal relationship between the entities for the purpose of creating smart wireless charging station standards. According to the press release, the Bluetooth SIG has issued a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) for A4WP as part of the baseline system specification (BSS). A4WP will use the Bluetooth Smart standard to establish and maintain charging sessions. According to the press release, consumers will benefit in the following ways:

  • Consumers will benefit from devices initiating a charge more quickly when coming into contact with charging surfaces
  • Consumers will also see improved power control features such as giving one device prioritized charging when multiple devices are charging at the same time
  • OEMs and developers will be able to create a new class of applications to leverage these smart wireless charging stations (e.g., mobile payments, location based services)

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Galaxy Note 12.2 stops by Bluetooth SIG with similar specs to the updated Galaxy Note 10.1

Galaxy Note 12.2

That 12 inch Galaxy Note tablet showed up just before the Note announcements at IFA, but we didn’t see an announcement alongside the Note 3 and Note 10.1, and, honestly, I think many of us had forgotten about it afterwards. It looks like the massive 12.2 inch tablet is persistent, though, as it recently appeared in a Bluetooth SIG filing under the model number SM-P901, as seen above.

Now, this filing doesn’t necessarily confirm the device, since it could technically still just be a device that Samsung is toying with and may not widely release. But considering this filing does give some weight to the rumors that suggest it’ll use the same 2560 x 1600 display that the Note 10.1 uses, it might be something Samsung is readying for a massive holiday launch. The filing also shows Android 4.2 on board, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. (obviously.)

We still don’t know when Samsung plans on announcing this device, but we’ll be sure to keep you filled in on anything we hear.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: VR-Zone

Verizon HTC One slides through Bluetooth SIG


We’ve had Verizon’s HTC One confirmed for “later this summer,” and now we’re starting to see Big Red’s version of the device get some certification to make it all the more official. The latest comes from the Bluetooth SIG which has just certified the HTC One for use, which is a big step in getting the device on store shelves.

It’s unfortunate that we can’t get any type of release date confirmation from this type of certification, but hopefully HTC and Verizon won’t keep us waiting too much longer. Maybe we’ll see that elusive red version of the One with Android 4.2 on board before the holidays get here.

Samsung Galaxy Mega hits Bluetooth SIG, headed to AT&T


Samsung’s humongous new phablet, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, has shown up at the Bluetooth SIG on its way to what appears to be AT&T’s network, likely alongside the S 4 Activ. AT&T is keeping their lips sealed, but it shouldn’t be too much longer before they make some kind of announcement.

This is the 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega features a 6.3-inch 720p (1280 x 720) LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, and a nice 3,200 mAh battery. It’s not a top-end device like the Galaxy S 4, but if you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly with a huge screen, keep an eye out for this device.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: Unwired View