Bluetooth 5 features faster connections and expanded range


The fifth generation of Bluetooth wireless technology is here, at least for developers.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has dubbed their newest generation of the wireless communication software, Bluetooth 5.

Bluetooth 5 features twice the speed and four times the range of its predecessors, allowing for entire home and outdoor coverage, as well as a more consistent overall Bluetooth connection. According to the SIG, the company behind the wireless protocol, Bluetooth 5 also has an increased broadcast message size, allowing Bluetooth enabled technologies to communicate with more devices, as well as improved location technology. Bluetooth 5 also aims to improve the Internet of Things experience.

“Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG in a recent press release sent to MobileSyrup. 

Bluetooth 5 also lays the groundwork for improved Bluetooth audio which will boost audio quality and helps diminish potential interference with other wireless devices. Device makers and developers now have the chance to work with Bluetooth 5, though it could be some time before we see cell phones and smart appliances featuring the technology. 

So don’t expect Bluetooth 5 in those new wireless speakers you’re getting for Christmas. Bluetooth 5 likely will not be available in new devices for about six months.