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Bluetooth 4.0 is Ready to Roll by End of Q2 2010

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Bluetooth have published a press release saying they are “ready to roll” with Bluetooth 4.0, and it is expected to launch by the end of Q2. Bluetooth 4.0 will feature a low energy mode, which is expected to make some big waves in m-health, sports and fitness, security and home entertainment scenarios where button-cell battery devices proliferate.

Bluetooth 4.0 is a combination of three specifications: classic Bluetooth technology, Bluetooth low energy technology, and Bluetooth high speed technology. These three specifications can be combined or used separately depending on the device’s needs. Another awesome update is that while current Bluetooth has a range of around 30 feet, Bluetooth 4.0 will be able to be optimized for a range of 200 feet and more.

It should be interesting to see what implications this will have for BlackBerry and apps, particularly with this new range. Anything really cool with Bluetooth has always been a little impeded by its short range, and I think we’re going to see some interesting networked apps. Even though Bluetooth 4.0 will be launching end of Q2, it will obviously take some time after that before we see it on BlackBerry. Perhaps we’ll see it on all OS 6 devices.

More details available in the press release.

Five years of Bluetooth on BlackBerry: Current and Future Implementations

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Back in ’94, Bluetooth was invented and standardized to be a wireless cable replacement technology. After a long battle with adoption and interoperability, Bluetooth is now standard issue in most smartphones, road-ready laptops, and a slew of other devices that connect to them wirelessly. Originally created to replace RS-232 serial cable, Bluetooth is now built into all manners of electronics, over 10,000 product lines in total.

The mobile phone, automotive, computing, and consumer electronic industries have come together to make technology easier and better for everyone. When it was first being pitched, marketers spoke of dreams of the Personal Area Network or PAN. The promises of the PAN was more than a little science-fictiony, with fantasies of doors opening like Star Trek and house keys being obsolete.

The first Bluetooth-enabled phone launched a decade ago. RIM’s first Bluetooth-enabled device was the now-famous BlackBerry 7290, which curiously enough came in blue.

This is how the Personal Area Network is shaping up for BlackBerry users five years after RIM started supporting Bluetooth.
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