Google had announced this week that Android 4.3, Jelly Bean, has now been launched with Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth Smart) support. Devices like Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013 edition) are now Bluetooth Smart Ready. See http://www.android.com/about/jelly-bean/
No, not that I've ever heard of. Android leads other mobile platforms in many (if not most) areas. Lack of cohesive BLE support has stood out as an unexpected exception to this rule (support is available on many newer devices, but only through vendor provided rather than Google provided libraries). Good to see it is being addressed.
I've been waiting for this one for a while as well. A couple of friends of mine are working on a device uses Bluetooth, and they were very interested in LE for it. They asked me about Android support and my response was that it almost certainly supported it. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This announcement gives me a chance to recover some of my dignity!
It's the only example I can think of where Google is way behind the times, and at least for some users, Android's lack of support for BLE has created some ill will. Here's a simple example close to home. My wife and I both wear FitBit pedometers to track our activity, as part of our fitness programs. When we first got them, she was quite disappointed to find out that her Android phone couldn't sync with her FitBit, but my iPhone could sync with mine. She asked why and I explained it. She found it hard to believe that Google was taking so long to do something that Apple was already doing. I told her don't worry, they will fix this in the near future, probably before you get your next Android phone. "They better," she said, "otherwise I think I might switch to an iPhone."
Hi Svenn-Tore, So glad to see this blog. As you know, I've been following Nordic's work with Bluetooth LE and ANT with great interest for years. As a huge Bluetooth fan, I'm already looking forward to the possibilities. With the increasing cost of health care, especially in the US, the medical applications will, I suspect, essentially become life savers. It makes me smile when technology can really help people (rahter than just entertain us or make us more productive).
Very informative blog, Svenn -- thanks for the background. And I completely agree with your conclusion that Google's long-stalled buy-in will fuel the "appcessory" market. Looks like I'll have to get used to using another made-up word, despite the three consecutive consonants. ;-O
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