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.
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.
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
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)
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
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’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
A new filing with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for a new LG device may point the way to the successor to the LG Optimus G. The new device carries the model name LS980, which seems to be consistent with LG devices headed for the Sprint network. Some digging on the Sprint site yielded a build.prop info page for the LS980 indicating the device will run Android 4.2.2 and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 chipset. The Snapdragon 800 is not scheduled to be available until later this year, so the release of this device may be timed to hit the holiday shopping season.
The Sprint page also reveals the LS980 will have a 1920×1080 screen, so it will likely be capable of displaying full 1080p HD video. The device will have 2GB of RAM and carries 32GB of onboard memory. However, it does not look like it will support an external microSD card for additional memory. A rear-facing camera is listed at 13MP and capable of recording full 1080p HD video. All of these specs are consistent with earlier information discovered in some AnTuTu benchmark scores for a new LG device.
source: Bluetooth SIG, Sprint
via: Android Police
China’s Huawei appears to have some new versions of their MediaPad 10 FHD 10-inch tablet set to be released in the near future. According to NotebookItalia, at least three different model numbers have surfaced at the WiFi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG sites. The models – S10-201W, S10-201U and S10-202U – have all received WiFi certification. Details are still sketchy, but it appears the 201U and 202U versions probably contain antennas for 3G and 3G/4G connectivity.
Dubbed the MediaPad 10 Link, the devices do appear to possess the MediaPad 10 FHD’s 10.1-inch IPS LCD HD display. NotebookItalia compared images of the new device with the MediaPad 10 FHD and noted some very minor variations in the cases. The question remains as to whether the new devices are low-cost alternatives Huawei is trying to bring to market or the next evolution of the MediaPad 10 FHD. Perhaps we will find out during CES 2013.
One of this years most highly anticipated phones has just payed a visit to the office of Bluetooth certification, gaining its approval and moving one step closer to launch. Dawning the model numbers GT-I9300 and GT-I9300T, according to the Bluetooth SIG these versions of the Galaxy S III are headed Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe. It is safe to say that this group of countries should expect to see a launch in the end of May because during the GSIII announcement in London, Samsung told us that we can expect to see an international rollout on May 30th. Those of us here in the sates will most likely have to wait until June and possibly even later (you know how carrier testing can push back release dates). Either way, this is one minor stepping stone before a device gets released and its timing leads me to believe things are right on track.
So who is ready to get one of these bad boys? Is there anything that is preventing you from wanting one? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Bluetooth Sig 1 / 2