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July 31, 2017

A future Android update might usher in Bluetooth battery level indicators

Whenever I hop over the fence to Android’s yard, one of the more frustrating aspects of Google‘s mobile operating system is the lack of any Bluetooth battery level indicator. Yes, there are third-party solutions like BatON, but they tend to be buggy and work with a limited range of devices. It looks like Google will remedy that problem, however, by baking those indicators into Android itself.

As XDA Developers originally reported, the future update will tell you how much battery your connected Bluetooth accessory has. For those with Samsung, LG, and OnePlus phones, this is not a new development – the feature is integrated into their Android skins. However, the update [...]

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March 8, 2017

What’s the situation with Bluetooth audio?

Bluetooth audio is touted as the future of wireless music by some and as the scourge of audio quality by others. With wireless speakers and smart home setups becoming more common, and the headphone jack already disappearing from a number of high-end smartphones, let’s weigh up the merits and drawbacks of Bluetooth audio.

A history of problems

The big bogeyman of Bluetooth music is quality, and it’s certainly true that transferring music over this relatively slow protocol is not going to sound as good as a top notch FLAC file. Why? Well because Bluetooth audio relies on lossy compression, just like the MP3, Microsoft’s WAV, or the common ACC file types. Typical, lossy [...]

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December 7, 2016

Bluetooth 5 is finally here, bringing 4x the range and 2x the speed

Bluetooth 5 was unveiled on June 16th of this year, and today has officially come to market as a technology ready for implementation.

The biggest additions to the standard are increased range, speed, message capacity, and interoperability. The goal for this version of the wireless connection standard is aimed at Internet of Things technologies, which require strong connections that can relay information instantly across large homes. The company says it can deliver four times the range, two times the speed, and eight times the broadcast message capacity. This isn’t just a 4.3 standard upgrade, it’s 5.0 for a reason.

See also: What is Bluetooth 5 – Gary [...]
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November 19, 2016

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) gets Bluetooth certified, launch imminent

It’s no secret that the Galaxy A7 (2017) is coming. Numerous rumors and leaks have revealed almost everything there is to know about the upcoming mid-range handset, but a recent appearance at the Bluetooth certification authority indicates the phone is not very far away from being launched.

See also: Galaxy A7 (2017) reportedly coming with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter 4 days ago

While the Bluetooth certification document doesn’t reveal anything other than the presence of Bluetooth 4.2, it does mean we may see it launched as early as next month. Other rumored Galaxy A7 (2017) specs include a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 7780 chipset, 3 GB of [...]

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