Since all the modern day devices are able to “talk” to one another, officials behind the Bluetooth technology say that an impressive upgrade will be available soon that will drastically improve the communication between smart gadgets. However, music enthusiasts that use Bluetooth headphones or earbuds will be disappointed to discover that the latest upgrade does not yet extend to the audio spectrum.
Even though the Bluetooth function is available in almost every device, it has its flaws. Two major setbacks are the low transfer speed and limited network range. However, according to a statement released on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, the improved Bluetooth 5 comes with twice the transfer speeds it used to have and a quadrupled range.
According to Mark Powell, the executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the improved version will flood the markets in the upcoming months and focuses primarily on smart-home devices. Furthermore, he says that thanks to the improved range, the Bluetooth 5 will be able to cover the entire house, rather than a couple of adjacent rooms. Also, doubling the transfer speeds means that less power will be used in order to exchange data between smart devices.
“A coin battery will last you three to five years”, says Mark Powell.
Even though it has its flaws, ABI Research expects that by 2021 a third of the upcoming 48 million smart devices will feature the Bluetooth technology. However, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group officials say that no advancements in the audio field will be made anytime soon. Nevertheless, the developers say that they are going to upgrade the audio technology sometime in 2018. According to Mr. Powell, the engineers will focus on lowering power consumption, improved sound quality, and shortening delays. However, hearing aids will be first priority, according to Mark Powell.
So far, when it comes to wireless connectivity and data transfer, the Wi-Fi technology remains undefeated. It has both great speeds, as far as data transfer is concerned, and impressive range. However, one major setback is power consumption, as transferring data from one smart device to another through Wi-Fi can drain the battery rather quickly. Another competitor in the wireless data transfer industry is ZigBee. Even though it has been specifically designed for low-power devices, the transfer speeds are slower than Bluetooth’s.
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