BlueZ 5.47 Released, Working On Bluetooth 5.0 Support & More
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 14 September 2017 at 05:27 AM EDT. 6 Comments
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BlueZ 5.47 has been released as the latest user-space components to the Linux Bluetooth stack.

BlueZ 5.47 is a bit more exciting on the feature front than some of the past releases. BlueZ 5.47 includes support for decoding Bluetooth 5.0 commands and events, Bluetooth Mesh advertising bearer decoding, support for Bluetooth Mesh control applications, the ability to retrieve supported discovery filters, and support for appearance and local name advertising data.

Bluetooth 5.0 devices are rare at the moment but do provide greater speed and range as the primary benefits over Bluetooth 4. Bluetooth 5.0 yields up to twice the bandwidth of Bluetooth 4.2 low-energy and up to four times the range. There are also broadcast channel improvements, reduced interference, and other improvements.

BlueZ 5.47 also fixes a number of fixes pertaining to registration, connections, and more. The list of v5.47 changes here. More details on BlueZ as the Linux Bluetooth protocol stack via BlueZ.org.
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