I’m pleased to tell you that on 16 June we will formally announce that the next version of Bluetooth will be marketed as “Bluetooth 5.” 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.
Bluetooth 5 will double the range and quadruple the speed of low energy Bluetooth transmissions. It will also provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation. By adding more capacity to advertising transmissions, Bluetooth 5 aims to propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services.
An upcoming media event to launch Bluetooth 5 will be held in London on 16 June. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.
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