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Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile Volume Synchronization coming to Android

Some would say that Android's volume control setup can be a bit of a mess. You could be listening to music from one application and have the volume up, close it and then forget to adjust the volume when you load up that mobile game you play while waiting in line. This issue can be even...

Google Finally Adds Support for Bluetooth In-Band Ringtones with Android 8.0

With every new major Android version update comes a slew of new features. Android O, Google's upcoming software release, most notably brings support for notification channels, picture-in-picture mode, autofill managers, and background limitations on apps. But as with any new major version release, there are a bunch of under-the-hood changes that are much less publicized....

Bluetooth Battery Level Indicators are Finally Coming to Android

A really useful feature for those of us with Bluetooth headsets and other devices is finally making its way to AOSP: Bluetooth battery level indicators. This means that users of Google, Motorola, Sony, and other devices with near-stock Android software should be able to tell the battery level of their Bluetooth connected devices without the...

PAIRS App Allows You to Quickly Restore Your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Settings

Frequently switching between ROMs and flashing new software updates is something that many of us often find ourselves doing. Playing around with a new ROM or other bit of software that the wide world of Android has to offer is great, but a side effect of doing this is having to manually re-add your Wi-Fi...

Google Home Can Now Be Used as a Regular Bluetooth Speaker

Google Home may not be perfect, but it has seen its fair share of updates and new features since its release back in the fall. One of the biggest additions has been multi-user support, and we're expecting hands-free calling and the ability to send money through Google's new payment API later this year. Features like this really...

[Update: Apparently just for Employees] Google-branded Bluetooth Headphones appear in FCC documents

In order for electronic products with any potential for wireless interference to be sold within the United States, these devices must be certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). All products receiving certification are made public by the FCC, so it is through this government service that we often learn much about unannounced products thanks...

Android O Introduces Bluetooth Audio Codec Options in Developer Options

Android O was announced earlier today, and we've been digging through the update to see what's new. Take a look through our earlier coverage if you're out of the loop. After playing with the update for a few hours, we've come across an interesting new suite of options tucked in Developer Options: Bluetooth Audio Codec...

How to Disable Bluetooth Automatic Playback on any Android Phone

Have you ever connected your phone to your favorite Bluetooth speaker or car kit and found that applications like Google Play Music, Pandora, or Soundcloud automatically start playing? This can be quite annoying for those users who would prefer to select their own preferred application for media playback. Unfortunately, unless your particular Bluetooth device allows you...

How to Play Music or Podcasts over Bluetooth on your Car Stereo without A2DP Support

One of the more frustrating experiences with purchasing a car is dealing with the "upgrade" packages that may seem unnecessarily expensive. While playing audio over Bluetooth has been around for quite some time, many of the "newer" cars that came out would not offer support for the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) which is the Bluetooth profile...

[UPDATED] Smart Home & Home Automation Protocols Guide: Creating Your IoT Paradise

Smart home popularity has risen substantially over the past few years, and even the past few months. CES 2017 set the scene for another small explosion of these devices as Apple, Google, and Amazon all expanded their smart home ecosytems – albeit at different rates – with Amazon’s Alexa assistant boasting the most growth. Thrust into the...

The Bluetooth SIG Officially Adopts a Spec for Bluetooth 5

Back in June of this year, a letter from the Bluetooth SIG was discovered and in it we learned some of the first official details of the version 5 update for Bluetooth. We didn't learn too much though, mainly that there would be an official announcement a week later on June 16th. This date came...

Bluetooth SIG Updates Developer Toolkit Lineup and Documentation

Bluetooth is one of those pieces of tech that help make our lives easier in small and subtle ways. Whether you use it to connect to your car, to your smartwatch or perhaps you are forced to use it for audio -- Bluetooth has become one of those essential features that we take for granted these days. It's...
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