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Bluetooth SIG Announces Bluetooth 4.1 Standard, Brings Lots of Improvements and Intelligence

For a piece of technology that most mobile devices use nearly every day, Bluetooth has not seen a major upgrade since 2010. That will be changing in the near future with the announcement of Bluetooth 4.1 today. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group took to their site to tell us that soon devices will soon be a lot smarter about energy use and information sharing.

Right off the bat, Bluetooth 4.1 improves the communication with LTE enabled devices, which is good considering that has become all but standard in today’s market. This new specification will allow devices to “maintain connections with less frequent manual reconnection,” a welcome addition to users of Bluetooth who are on the move constantly.  In addition to all these improvements, 4.1 will “lay the groundwork” for future connections that Bluetooth might be able to be used for. IPV6-based connections could be a possibility with Bluetooth devices becoming middlemen between different devices.

The best part about this news is that the changes in Bluetooth 4.1 can be transmitted via software updates. That means things could change sooner than we expect. A spokesperson for the Bluetooth SIG said she expects companies to announce 4.1-enabled devices by the end of this month.

Via: Bluetooth SIG
  • iNomNomAwesome

    The KitKat update for my Moto X messed up the BlueTooth music. This seems like a good article to mention that on.

  • TC Infantino

    I just want to see the ability to control the music apps on my phone from the cars radio controls,such as rewind, fast forward, play and pause. This would make using Slacker, or a music app in my car a much better experience.

    • Tyson TJ

      My Ford Sync system already does using Google Music.

      • TC Infantino

        Is the Google music on the vehicle system, or playing on your phone and bluetooth linked to your vehicle system?

        • Tyson TJ

          Via my phone on Blue tooth.

          • TC Infantino

            Very cool. But, I am sad now that I know it is a deficiency of my cars system instead of an easy update to the phone.

  • duke69111

    Damn, I just bought a 4.0 bluetooth adapter on Cyber Monday. 🙂

  • T4rd
  • Greg

    I think you failed to mention one of the the biggest new capabilities: ” a single device acts as both a Bluetooth Smart peripheral and a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub at the same time. For example, a smart watch acts as a hub gathering information from a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor while simultaneously acting as a peripheral to a smartphone — displaying new message notifications from the phone.” -from the press release http://www.bluetooth.com/Pages/Press-Releases-Detail.aspx?ItemID=197

  • whoa

    Can 4.0 devices be easily upgraded?

    • hfoster52

      See post below.

  • Greg

    Does this mean some 4.0 devices can be can be updated to 4.1 via software or future 4.1 devices can receive software updates?

    • hfoster52

      4.0 can be upgraded to 4.1 via firmware/software update.

      • Greg

        Source? I read the press release and it doesn’t mention anything about upgrades to older hardware. I also dont trust Eric after I heard he lost his unlimited data from verizon, FAIL.

        • hfoster52


          “The spec update is meant to offer a seamless improvement to the user
          experience. Users also don’t need to worry about compatibility if their
          devices are already Bluetooth Smart or Smart Ready compliant. Bluetooth
          4.1 will be fully backward compatible with existing hardware, and
          Bluetooth silicon vendors and device manufacturers that want to update
          their existing 4.0 hardware can have their products requalified by
          Bluetooth SIG and updated through software patches. The window to get
          devices requalified opens next week, so we just might see some Bluetooth
          4.1 devices introduced or updated from 4.0 just in time for CES next


          “Lastly, SIG is including support for Bluetooth Smart sensors to use IPv6. The
          Bluetooth 4.1 update is all software related, which means manufacturers
          will be able to start rolling out over-the-air updates to existing
          Bluetooth 4.0 devices”

          • Greg


        • ReturnOfTheMack

          How does the status of his unlimited data have anything to do with this or him being trustworthy in his research?

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