Windows Phone still lacks support for Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy, and also protocols such as PAN and DUN, which are becoming increasingly important for gadgets such as smart watches. Even though Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 has Bluetooth 4.0 hardware capabilities, they are limited by the Windows Phone 8 support for Bluetooth 3.1. It seems Microsoft has something to share about Bluetooth Smart Ready capabilities at BUILD conference later this month.
Suke Jawanda is Chief Marketing Officer of the Bluetooth SIG blogged the following,
As “OS Season” continues, I’m looking forward to sharing more Bluetooth Smart Ready innovation from Microsoft Build later this month.
Windows 8 already has native integration of Bluetooth 4.0 which makes Windows 8 products Bluetooth Smart Ready. They connect to familiar Bluetooth devices like wireless speakers, keyboards, and mice, but they can also connect to the latest generation of super energy-efficient Bluetooth Smart products. I expect Microsoft to announce Bluetooth 4.0 support for Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 at BUILD conference. What do you think?