What is it?

Bluetooth 5 is the latest in the wireless connection standard to transfer data over short distance using lower energy(battery). v5 was released in December 2016 (v4.2 is form 2014)

  • Longer Range – Bluetooth v5 has a range of about 4 times the range of the previous Bluetooth v4.2.
  • Faster – Much faster than Bluetooth v4.2 (about 2x) so faster data speed & transfer. Upto 2Mbps.
  • Broadcast channel improvements – 8x the broadcasting message capacity of v4.2.
  • IOT friendly – has additional features to enable better & more reliable connectivity with IOT devices.
  • Location Services – Bluetooth 5 improves capacity to broadcast information without opening a connection. Upto 37 advertising channels.
  • Compatability – Supports all the v4.2 features

To benefit, we would need to upgrade to newer devices to connect with our new iPhone X, iPhone 8 or 8 Plus or Samsung S8 that support the standard but until then our v4.2 devices will work just fine.

— Gary Saggu

Gary Saggu has been coding since the 80’s. He has been programming in C, C++,C#, Java, Objective C and Swift for many years. He has an interest in tech startups, blockchain & big-data technologies. He is a certified Yoga instructor & a scuba diver. Visit Gary Saggu’s tech blog here.  Check out my new app Yogamap.

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