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RIM Confirms the Four BlackBerry PlayBook Bluetooth Profiles Supported


While I know RIM is bringing support for more Bluetooth profiles soon they have been kind enough to publish exactly which ones are currently supported by the BlackBerry PlayBook. We already mentioned that the PlayBook shipped without the stereo headphones or headset profiles but those are coming soon. Here are the profiles currently supported by the BlackBerry PlayBook:

  • Dial-Up Networking (DUN) – This is what allows for Bluetooth tethering to any phone that supports it
  • Serial Port Profile (SPP) – This profile usually has many uses
  • Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) – This is what makes it so easy to pair your PlayBook to your BlackBerry or any device with Bluetooth 2.1+
  • Human Interface Device (HID) (keyboard only) – RIM claims this is for Bluetooth Keyboards only but we have confirmation that it works with mice too.

RIM also confirmed that the BlackBerry PlayBook is using Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) which can do about 2.1 Mbit/s in terms of transfer speed. I was hoping for some Bluetooth 3.0 love but I have yet to see anything released to that spec with its higher transfer speeds by using Bluetooth for the handshake and then direct Wi-Fi for transfer speeds up to 24 Mbit/s (Wikipedia).

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  1. Speaking of mice, I just went to a co-worker’s office who has an Apple bluetooth mouse. I was able to pair it with my PlayBook, and got a little functional mouse cursor on the screen!

    The cursor movement was a little too quick, but I could easily move it around and click on things. The main drawbacks were:
    – Lack of an obvious way to do bezel-swiping (a very common UI action on the PB)
    – Scroll wheel didn’t work
    (FWIW, Click-and-drag did work for the equivalent actions of touch-and-drag)

    • checkout the crackberry video on how to use the bt keyboard and the mouse, inorder to bring up the navigator you will have to swipe from the bottom edge of the screen

  2. I was complaining a bit about this yesterday before finally asking @BlackBerryHelp what was up with the Bluetooth and why devices such as Jawbone’s Jambox and ERA would be found but not connectable. BlackBerryHelp fowarded me this: which seems to be what you shared too.

  3. good news!

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