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Windows 10 Creators Update Bringing More Bluetooth Improvements

  • January 14, 2017

You can’t have enough of these! While the Bluetooth technology has been here for ages, not all devices are equal when it comes to supporting these wireless networking capabilities.

In anything, the mobile operating systems that Microsoft have created over the years have been notorious for the lack of support for certain features. Features like notifications over Bluetooth to wearable devices, which hampers their compatibility with wearables.

All that may change now that Microsoft has unleashed several new Bluetooth features in the recent Windows 10 Insider Preview for PCs and phones

More specifically:

  • Call Control API (PC only): allows VoIP apps to leverage Bluetooth headset call control (call answer, call hold, hang up, etc.) and HD voice capabilities.
  • GATT Server
  • Bluetooth LE Peripheral role: enables Windows to advertise itself as a connectable device, such as wearables and low powered sensors.
  • Unpaired Bluetooth LE device connectivity: the ability to interact with Bluetooth LE devices without pairing.

Good additions.

But perhaps the most important of these is GATT, which stands for Generic ATTribute.

Now that Redmond is allowing Windows devices to act as a server here, means that they will be able to send wearable devices notifications from Windows 10 Mobile smartphones.

The opposite had been true for a long time, as up until now, Windows devices only had the capability to act as a GATT Client, which only allowed them to retrieve information from devices like a fitness tracker or heart rate monitor.

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Obviously, it all comes down to the wearable devices makers like Pebble and Fitbit to update their Windows apps to take advantage of the new functionality before users can reap the benefits. But luckily, Microsoft has confirmed that it is working directly with Fitbit, Garmin and other device manufacturers.

Late as it is, Windows phone owners at least have these new capabilities to look forward to.

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