Bluetooth has been around for quite awhile and over the years it has improved tremendously. Especially when compared to the implementation on my Sony Ericsson T68i way back in the day. Bluetooth has really taken off since and new versions of Bluetooth promise features like device to device transfer that is actually faster than a slow data trickle and easy paring in Bluetooth 3.0. Two new developments that I read about recently are Bluetooth low energy and Broadcom’s latest chipset that doubles battery life and promises 5x recharging speeds.
Dusan over @IntoMobile got the scoop on this latest Broadcom chip BCM2074. This chip improves audio filtering and cuts down battery usage in Bluetooth headsets by 50%. It also supports fast charging that charges headset batteries 5 times faster. This is definitely going to lead to some awesome headsets.
The second tech is still in development and is called Bluetooth low energy. It is been showcased already an runs for more than a year on a watch like battery! Texas Instruments is working on this chip and could lead to some new uses for Bluetooth. Imagine if all your devices were able to communicate over Bluetooth. Personally I am imagining my phone telling me when I leave my house without my keys… 🙂
So what do you think? Is Bluetooth something to be excited about?