Earlier this year, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) first announced the specs of Bluetooth 5, which was in the works back then. However, yesterday, it had revealed the finalized specs and announced that the technology is ready for adoption.
While Bluetooth may not be the perfect wireless solution, it has had a great impact on the gadgets we use on a daily basis. Headphones, earphones, and smartwatches are just a few examples as there are a countless number of other gadgets that work on Bluetooth.
Anyway, coming back to the Bluetooth 5, as per the official Bluetooth website, the new standard is two times the bandwidth (up from 1Mbps to 2Mbps) which leads to a lower latency. Also, it's 4 times the range, meaning you won't have to worry about the connection failures even if your devices are separated over 5 feet.
Furthermore, the Bluetooth 5 standard is 8 times the broadcast message capacity in comparison to the previous Bluetooth (v4.2) standard. What this essentially means is that you'll be able to transmit more data using the protocol.
All these changes will make way for better results in smart appliances and the Internet of Things (IoT) where the existing Bluetooth 4.2 technology is less powerful to handle things smoothly. Speaking about this, SIG claims that Bluetooth 5 will offer whole-home coverage and relatively lesser interference with similar wireless technologies.
Like mentioned earlier, the new standard is ready for adoption. So, you should be able to see it in the devices near you starting from early 2017.
Commenting on the launch, Mark Powell, Executive Director, SIG said that, "Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive the revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience."
"This means whole-home and building coverage as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity."