What Is BlueTooth?
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz) 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 last major version of the standard is Bluetooth 4.0 which was officially announced in 2011, while the last update was Bluetooth 4.2 on December 2, 2014. Now it’s time for Bluetooth 5 to enter the stage, which has released on 7th December 2016.
Here Are The Things You Need To know About Bluetooth 5:
Bluetooth 5 offers twice (2x) the data transfer speed from the previous version. It can send and receive data much more quickly than its predecessor. Currently, the 4.2 version provides theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 25 Mbit/s. So that, it can provide speed up to 50 Mbit/s.
The range is the most important factor in wireless connectivity. The Bluetooth 5.0 increases its range by 4x by its predecessor version 4.2. The previous v4.2 have a range of 200 feet whereas the 5.0 will provide the 4 times range of that, so it can easily provide the connectivity up to 800 feet with double speed.
3. Broadcasting Capacity
Bluetooth 5 will provide 8x increase in data broadcasting capacity. As a result, the data being transferred will be richer and more intelligent. This will redefine the way we interact with our devices.
4. Low Energy
The power-efficiency of Bluetooth with low energy functionality makes it perfect for devices that run for long periods on power sources, such as coin cell batteries or energy-harvesting devices. It offers the option of increased range or speed, and it’s always low energy.
5. More Location Aware
Bluetooth 5 will also provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation. It will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services to users around the world. For example, enabling you to use Bluetooth technology to find your way around the street.
6. Internet of Things (IOT) Ready
Bluetooth 5 will include various under-the-hood tweaks and optimizations to provide better performance and draw less power when installed in smart home kit dotted around the home.
7. New Hardware
Unlike some Bluetooth upgrades, this one requires new chips. So you need to upgrade your current device to use the all new features of version 5. Get ready for the flagship phones of 2017 to all come with Bluetooth 5 installed inside.
Rumors says the Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with the all new Bluetooth 5.0.