Broadcom Corporation will add its Bluetooth software to the Android Open Source (News - Alert) Project that will see it added to the new Android 4.2. By adding Broadcom’s software, along with Bluetooth support and application programming interface, it will create a communal stage for new application development.
The Broadcom relationship will allow Android (News - Alert) to provide its application designers a Bluetooth solution to help with the continued use of Bluetooth technology in Android products. This, in turn, will allow designers an opportunity to work on additional uses of a Bluetooth-enabled product for such things as monitoring their heart rate, remote control applications and sensors, and 3D glasses.
Bluetooth technology can be used a vast number of ways and various styles of gadgets. Broadcom (News - Alert) prides itself on keeping up with the current trends in Bluetooth technology through its involvement with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group UnPlugFests.
The Executive Director of Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Mark Powell sees this announcement as a milestone; "This announcement marks an important milestone as we continue to see Bluetooth technologies proliferate in the market for mobile device operating systems.” The effects, he says, will be far-reaching, “Close integration of Bluetooth technology at the operating system level provides maximum interoperability and enormous benefits for developers and consumers alike, and will be one of the major factors contributing to the near triple-digit growth projected for Bluetooth technology in the next five years."
More than one billion devices used for hands-free usage with today’s mobile phones have Broadcom’s Bluetooth technology software in them. This makes Broadcom one of the largest Bluetooth suppliers in the world and is Android’s chief supplier. With more than twelve Android products being turned on every second, Broadcom has become an integral part of Android’s success.
Michael Hurlston, a senior vice president and general manager at Broadcom said that with the growing demand for Android devices, new advancements in Bluetooth technology, like Bluetooth Smart Ready, “offer exciting new applications and user experiences.” There have been challenges, though; “…the fragmentation of Bluetooth software stacks has prevented developers from building Bluetooth applications that support all Android smartphones and tablets.” Soon, these challenges will be eliminated; "Broadcom's proven Bluetooth software stack and open source support removes these barriers, enabling a new generation of exciting Bluetooth products for a range of applications such as health monitoring and home management services.”
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Edited by Rich Steeves