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Bluetooth 5 will go further and faster than ever; announcement coming June 16

Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has revealed that the group will formally introduce its fifth-generation standard next week in London. Bluetooth 5 is set to see much faster speeds and range over the current Low Energy specification, with a particular emphasis on location services that don't rely on the internet, such as in-store Bluetooth beacons.

From Mark Powell:

On the technical side, Bluetooth 5 has a lot to offer. As previously announced, it will double the range and quadruple the speed of low energy Bluetooth transmissions. But there's more. Bluetooth 5 will also provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation. By adding significantly more capacity to advertising transmissions, Bluetooth 5 will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services to users around the world.

With the standard just now being finalized, it's likely to be early 2017 before we start seeing products that support Bluetooth 5. We'll know more about the next step in the standard when the Bluetooth SIG unveils it completely on June 16.

21 Comments
  • So far air drop, LG connection and Samsung Wi-Fi direct are still the fastest. But they only transfer the same brand phone. If bt 5 can be the same speed in different phones, it will succeed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use superbeam for file transfers. Both devices need it installed, but it works with anything and works well. It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • But that requires you to install. I mean without the help of the apps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Native would be great, but you said yourself the different brands refuse to talk to each other. It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • Superbeam is great. I use Shareit mostly though since all my family/friends/colleagues use that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • All I want is for them to button up backward compatibility, particularly as it relates to vehicles. Putting the onus on updating vehicle systems is a losing proposition. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Foward march! But will music still sound like listening through a can&string Posted via the Android Central App
  • I get faster but why father?? Is Bluetooth supposed to be the form of PAN?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just want to be able to put my phone in my back pocket and not have my BT headphones cut in and out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ditto! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hell I have my phone in my pocket at work and paired with BT connection, it will cut in and out really bad and that's with an LG branded headset! Maybe it's my phone or headset or both, idk.. On My Note 4
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Speed is nice, but the variety of bluetooth stacks causing incompatibility, poor performance, or zero performance with hours spent troubleshooting is crazy. Jo Public thinks bt is like wifi: it just works. Unfortunately, it isn't even close. When they can make more stringent/intercompatible standards I'll be interested. Until then, I'm still leaning towards calling for bt to be burnt to the ground so they can start again with a clean slate. Posted via the Android Central App
  • yea but it'll still skip and stutter if your phone is in your pocket
  • I've been shopping for aftermarket car headunits recently and I'm stunned that they're all still on Bluetooth 2.0!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • As far as I'm aware the newer standards tend to just focus on low energy stuff which is really suited for wearables, not audio. Blackberry Priv
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  • IMO having developers focus on fixing the existing Bluetooth infrastructure would be time better spent. Devices are riddled with reliability issues, I'm guessing mostly form poorly written software stacks. Now all these software developers are moving onto the next generation leaving all these bugs unfixed. Only yesterday did my trusty Nexus 5X forget all it's connected devices. And then there's my LG Urbane and the familiar (almost daily) Android Wear Disconnected message. But nobody markets reliability in the consumer space...
  • My honor5x paired with my lg tones won't cut in and out for Om my pocket and even if I put the 5x in my backpack it won't stutter but the sound doesn't get loud enough so I just use beats regularly Posted via the the best budget device the honpr5x with Android m ui theme
  • Great, now I need a new phone and new headphones. Please make modular Bluetooth. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Early 2017 is so far away you'll have had 2 phones until then... so chill....
  • They need to get all the current standards working properly/communicating with each other before they introduce new standards to further muck things up. As per the article here earlier this week, audio streaming via Bluetooth on Android is HORRENDOUS! My Nexus 6, which is in a dash mount barely 6 inches from my aftermarket Pioneer radio in my 2002 Ford Mustang GT, suffers from frequent drop outs/skipping while streaming music from my Poweramp app (and, the Bluetooth works FAR better with this Pioneer radio than it did with the other two radios I tried first in this car!). This doesn't happen at all if I connect it to the radio via an auxiliary cable. And, this isn't even counting the problems I have getting the music to resume, should I shut the car off for any length of time. I can't speak to how Bluetooth is with devices such as wireless headphones & speakers, as I've only ever used it to stream music to my car stereos, but it sounds like that's no better, either. Posted via the Android Central App