Android 8.0 to Aid Faster Bluetooth Low Energy Connections
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Rajat Kabade

Android 8.0 (Oreo) has gained a lot of eyeballs ever since Google released it last week. The latest version gets an array of new features. One of the most exciting improvements is the native support for Bluetooth 5.0.


Smartphone users across the globe are excited with the announcement of Android Oreo. Google has integrated tons of new features in the latest Android operating system. The latest version brings a ton of under-the-hood improvements to enhance the user experience. The native support for Bluetooth 5.0 will enable smartphones to gain faster speed for Bluetooth connections.


Bluetooth Low Energy has opened new avenues and use-cases using a smartphone. The technology is being used for payment transactions, user authentication, and wireless communication. With the Bluetooth 5.0 support, Android devices will be able to offer the transfer speed of up to 2Mbps. Previously BLE was offering the transfer speed of 1Mbps or less. 


The speed bump of 2X will enable innovation in the tech industry. Smartphone manufactures are already using Bluetooth 5.0 chip in their flagship Android smartphones. They will be able to offer the seamless audio experience over Bluetooth and integration with wearable devices. Apart from the improved connectivity and range, Bluetooth 5.0 support will help wearable device makers to experiment with new use cases. 


The classic Bluetooth protocol offers 3Mbps transfer speed, the support for Bluetooth 5.0 does not improve file transfer speed. However, you can experience better range for BLE enabled technologies like Bluetooth speakers and wearable gadgets. Smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 already offer Bluetooth 5.0. These devices had to request a connection to the supported smartphone to enable higher BLE speeds. 



With the native support for Bluetooth 5.0 in Android Oreo, you can seamlessly connect your Bluetooth 5.0 device to your smartphone. It will take a while for manufactures to integrate and offer Bluetooth 5.0 devices in the market. Currently, the flagship smartphones by Samsung and HTC offer Bluetooth 5.0.