The body that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth Technologies and trademarks to manufacturers, Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG ), has finally provided details regarding Bluetooth v5.0. The new standard is a significant update over the existing Bluetooth v4.2 iteration, available in majority of smartphones and other mobile devices these days.

“With the launch of Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth technology continues to evolve to meet the needs of the industry as the global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity.”

Bluetooth v5.0 more efficient and suitable for internet of things (IoT) devices is two times the bandwidth of Bluetooth v4.2, featuring four times the wireless range and eight times the capacity to broadcast messages.

The maximum transfer speed the newer version can reach to is 2Mbps, according to the reports. Mentioning also that the bandwidth can be decreased to get a four times longer range.

Those having older Bluetooth versions on their smartphones, need not worry, the report shows that the new version is backward-compatible with Bluetooth v4.2 or Bluetooth v4.0 (for Low Energy devices) and up to Bluetooth v1.1 (for others).

It’s been also added that around 13 billion devices are expected to come with Bluetooth 5 by 2020.

Wrap Up

Bluetooth v5.0 continues to drive the revolution of how people experience the IoT, with the simple, secure connectivity you expect.

Security
Bluetooth adheres to U.S. federal security regulations, ensuring that all Bluetooth devices are capable of meeting and exceeding strict government security standards.

Low Energy
The power-efficiency of Bluetooth with low energy functionality makes it perfect for devices that run for long periods on power sources, such as coin cell batteries or energy-harvesting devices. Bluetooth v5.0 offers the option of increased range or speed, and it’s always low energy.

Coexists with other technologies
Bluetooth v5.0 also includes updates that help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies to ensure Bluetooth devices can coexist within the increasingly complex global IoT environment.