Bluetooth 5 announced with eight times bandwidth
As teased for months and months now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is releasing Bluetooth 5, a wireless standard that doubles the speed of its last major iteration as well as quadruples the effective range and increases capacity eightfold.
It’s the standard’s big joust into the Internet of Things, competing with Wi-Fi HaLow to connect as many things as possible — things with small batteries meant to last a long time handling a range of tasks. It also competes with the household-focused Google Cast standard. It’s currently centered on media input and output sources, but will soon move to household uses with Google Home.
Electronics manufacturers will be rolling Bluetooth 5 out in their devices starting in the fall.