The Bluetooth Special Interest Group on Wednesday announced the next generation of Bluetooth, called Bluetooth 5, is set for new devices in the coming months.
First shown this summer, Bluetooth 5 is said to have doubled data-transfer speeds, quadrupled network range, and eight times broadcast message capacity over Bluetooth 4. Bluetooth 5 also includes updates to reduce interference with other Bluetooth devices.
The new standard comes as smart home devices, fitness trackers, and more rely heavily on the wireless standard during the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Now, on Wednesday, technology firms can begin work to release products with Bluetooth 5.