Windows Phone 8.1 is still far off from being made available to the general public, but Microsoft has managed to get the operating system through Bluetooth SIG certification. What this means for consumers is they'll have ability to take full advantage of Bluetooth 4.0 in the next major update. The listing was filed on January 31st and is a sign of what's to come in Windows Phone 8.1.
While 8.1 for Microsoft smartphones is expected to be rolled out later this year, with Build 2014 listed as a possible date and location for an official announcement, Bluetooth 4.0 LE is available for current Windows Phones and we're already seeing companies like Fitbit hire new talent to develop apps and services for the platform.
With regards to Windows Phone 8.1, we're likely to see more information be leaked in the coming months, so remain tuned to our feeds. Check out the full listing over on the Bluetooth website.
Source: Bluetooth; thanks, Pete, for the tip!
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