The next-gen Bluetooth standard version dubbed Bluetooth 5 is on its way with some significant improvements. Bluetooth Special Interest Group executive director Mark Powell has now revealed that the new version will be formally announced on 16 June, and also spoke about some features.
It will be a significant upgrade over the current version with double the range and four times the speed. Bluetooth 5 will also bring in new functionality for connectionless services such as 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,” he writes.
Talking about the name Bluetooth 5, he said it will simplify marketing and advertising. “Veterans of the SIG will note that with this name we have dropped reference to both the version and point number in our marketing messaging. Our new naming approach is focused on simplifying our marketing, communicating user benefits more effectively and making it easier to signal significant technology updates to the market,” he further writes.
The event will he held in London this coming week.