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Bluetooth 3.0 ready to launch on April 21st

Updated 4 years ago
Published Apr 10th, 2009 2:42PM EDT

It’s not every day we get to talk about the launch of an exciting technology revision that will have a huge and near-immediate impact on the mobile industry, so we’re cherishing the opportunity. And this one is indeed a big one — Bluetooth 3.0. First revealed about a year and a half ago, Bluetooth 3.0 will make use of Ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology to achieve transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps. No, seriously. Higher transfer speeds are actually achieved by enabling 802.11 standards when heavy lifting is involved and then switching back to an older, slower standard when big transfers are completed. Reasoning? To slow power consumption and side-step unnecessary battery drain when standard low-bandwidth communications are used. We’re hoping consumer-ready Bluetooth 3.0 devices won’t be far off from the launch, though it will take some time before gear such popular mobile phones take advantage of the technology. Oh and in case you’re wondering, yes, it is pretty ironic that the world will have already gotten a taste of Bluetooth 3.0 in all of its glory… Before Apple handsets support A2DP.

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Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.