If you have been using Bluetooth for many years, you might have noticed the longer range, better data transfer and higher speeds in the most recent version – Bluetooth 4.2. But it won’t manage to effectively connect together the various smart IoT (Internet of Things) devices around your house. (Especially in Singapore where the walls are thick concrete slabs!)
Things are about to get explosively better.
Meet Bluetooth 5, a new Bluetooth standard that was just finalized by the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group). Bluetooth 5 packs four times the range, twice the speed and eight times the amount of data in broadcast messages. This means you will be able to enjoy further and more stable wireless connections with your Bluetooth Headphones, wireless speakers and game consoles, just to name a few!
Devices carrying Bluetooth 5 will also be able to coexist with IoT devices in your home, adding value and enhancing the way you interact with smart devices. They will also offer more bandwidth to handle more complex tasks and deliver better homewide coverage – and all that by using just as little power as current BTLE (Bluetooth Low-Energy) standards. Imagine a more powerful, more complex Bluetooth experience, with no change whatsoever to your device’s battery life. That’s huge!
Can we also expect better sound quality from our Bluetooth speakers and headphones? Not so soon, says our friends from Engadget. I figure that any improvement in sound quality will also depend on newer encoding/decoding technologies, and full adoption of these new tech could take a few more years at least.
If yu’re planning to get a new phone that supports Bluetooth 5, hoping to get better sound out of your old Bluetooth speakers, it’s not so simple! As with all new Bluetooth standards, in order to experience the full power of Bluetooth 5, you may need to upgrade both your devices to the latest versions with BT5 built in. Otherwise you might not experience any change in performance at all. (ie. both the phone and the bluetooth speaker must have BT5 built in, to see that upgrade in wireless performance.)
But for now, Bluetooth 5 is set to be integrated by hardware manufacturers in the next 2-6 months, and I can’t wait to experience it for myself!
So what new features/improvements do you hope to see in Bluetooth 5? Share them with us in the comments section below!