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.

Joseph Keller
55 Comments
  • Hope so speeds like sharing over WiFi can be attained !!!
  • Nope. Sent from Bikini Bottom via my ShellPhone 920
  • I'm all for more speed but I would not want the range increased due to security concerns when it comes to my car, phone, tablet, etc.
  • That's what I was thinking. This serves as a good reminder to keep Bluetooth off when not in use. If you're security/privacy conscious, that is.
  • RIP Battery
  • LE - low energy.
  • Is this software/firmware related upgrade? So it can be applied to existing new phones?
  • No. Sent from Bikini Bottom via my ShellPhone 920
  • Nope. Your phone is screwed. It will never have Bluetooth 5 EVER!
  • Lol.
  • Does it update ota? A new device is only have the bluetooth5. I mean new phones can only have this
  • New devices only. Sent from Bikini Bottom via my ShellPhone 920
  • In order for something like this to be updatable on existing hardware would be if the hardware was some variation of DSP-based.  That's impractical in devices so small.
  • So I'll be able to leave my phone in one place walk into another room and have my headphones not cut out while on a call, Nice.
  • Great now I'll have to go into airplane mode to avoid being bombarded with ads while walking in a store
  • Just turn BT off, problem solved. But there should be options to not allow ads because that would get seriously infuriating.
  • Does this actually happen already? I keep BT turned off most of the time so I never noticed ot
  • Advertising is not meant in that sense. It means your Bluetooth devices being discoverable. So a public Bluetooth location beacon would advertise it's presence so you know you can connect to it.
  • Adds over Bluetooth in a store? Never heard of it, it probably isn't implemented YET in Belgium... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • "Advertising transmissions" doesn't mean ads, it means one device announcing itself to others so they can pair and connect (advertising is a verb in this sentence). Sent from a shiny electronic rectangle.
  • were on windows phone. We would be lucky if those ads even supported the windows platform.
  • Am I imagining things or did they just announce on the low that they'll be able to advertise to people via their Bluetooth connection with 5? If so that might become annoying.
  • I'd imagine a more low-tech version of the scene in Spielberg's Minority Report, when Tom Cruise walks through a shopping district and his retina scan identifies him and he gets sent targeted advertising. But on smartphones.
  • Bleh. That would suck.
  • Seriously, this posting bug needs looking into. -_-
  • I think the applicability of that minority report thingy will work better with dermal embedded biochips than with retinal scan. I could decide to look away from the sensor or shut my eyes to avoid being located.
  • Advertising is not meant in that sense. It means your Bluetooth devices being discoverable. So a public Bluetooth location beacon would advertise it's presence so you know you can connect to it. Bluetooth doesn't allow connections without your consent.
  • Thanks for the clarification. I would have used the word "broadcast" personally to avoid confusion.
  • It's farther
  • Yeah, it's not great when a professional writer can't keep that one straight.
  • It's further. Farther is slang.
  • No, you use farther when you are talking about a distance. Further when talking about depth of subject.
  • Hooray! More targeted ads on my device, but over Bluetooth! /s
  • I'm pretty sure the advertising they are talking about is not ads served to people, it's BT devices advertising their presence to other BT devices.
  • Then a better word to use would be "broadcasting" as advertising has a completely different connotation.
  • so, I have a bluetooth enabled earpiece on.... walk around some place... and someone can start broadcast ads to my cell phone? If this is true, I now hate everyone and everything... let me be and live in peace... quit pestering me... i'm not buying more products and services... stop trying to get my money... I'm feeling very Ron Swanson...
  • No because it has to be paired to your phone, but given the increased distance suggested in the article, I can see food stores jumping at the chance to send the coupons they now print out at the register to your phone based on your location and buying data you"ve supplied by using your loyalty card
  • This was actually one of the original ideas for the bluetooth beacons, to serve up coupons. Stores can save a lot of money and help their "green" movement by eliminating paper coupons.
  • Nice. Nokia is the key contributor. Nokia Android phones are well set. Windows phones on the other hand..
  • The useless troll making yet another off topic comment. How surprising. Seriously, WinCentral, are you going to let this to continue?
  • As soon as they brake even on ad revenue versus the cost to write
  • Bluetooth technology is improving day by day and yet Microsoft still requires Cortana for even basic tasks.
  • Cortana was never even released properly. A few countries and that's it.
  • That is pretty much cool!
  • "it's likely to be early 2017 before we start seeing products that support Bluetooth 5."   Just in time for the Surface phone?  :)
  • Yes that would be.nice.
  • Samsung will be the first to support it.
  • I suspect all Windows smartphones will be a memory by the time BT5 is available for implementation in hardware.  Meanwhile, my Lumia 1020 will still be working.
  • Why should I be excited to bet spammed when I walk in a mall? Nothing for me in this announcement
  • And yet ms has not fully utilized the 4 l.e
  • By the time it will be out, Wi-fi ad is already in use. And also, better wait for Bluetooth 5 compatible devices, or at least hardware ready.
  • I hope it can deliver better and stronger signal to bluetooth earbuds. Can't wait to see what bluetooth 5 brings to the table.
  • I think the Surface phone 3 will support it (provided Microsoft doesn't kill W10M by then).
  • Considering seven ate nine, ten is next in nadella frying pan
  • It will be useful a lot Posted via the Windows Central App for Android