1. mdtiki's Avatar
    So apparently the Black update includes support for Bluetooth LE.
    Just wondering what this really means?
    I don't see any support in the Windows Phone 8 SDK.
    Will it be part of the 8.1 SDK?
    Is Nokia able to support BLE right now in an app they target at a phone with the Black update?
    Do they provide an SDK you can use to get to BLE functionality?

    I could be wrong but it seems odd to trumpet this as a feature if it is only partially there...
    02-12-2014 02:45 PM
  2. James8561's Avatar
    The functionality is now available to developers. some fitness and wearable companies will bring over apps. until then it's vaporware shorta.
    02-12-2014 07:37 PM
  3. Beast of Haeven's Avatar
    Bluetooth LE is supposed to use a lot less power and still work at the same range as standard Bluetooth. Bluetooth LE or BT 4.0 cannot be used with older hardware however, so unless you have two devices that can utilize BT4.0 it is kind of vaporware.
    02-13-2014 12:10 PM
  4. mdtiki's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies.
    I have several Bluetooth LE devices and can currently communicate with them from Windows 8.1 (as well as Android and iOS).
    I suppose I was looking forward to the Black update since it promised BLE support but I guess unless I know the secret Nokia handshake it won't do me any good until perhaps Windows Phone 8.1 comes out.
    Anyone know if Nokia has some sort of private (or at least unknown to me) sdk with BLE support? People have implied this is the case.
    Anyone know if Windows Phone 8.1 will have the needed BLE support?

    Guess if nothing else I'm just trying to confirm my own attempts to research this subject.
    02-13-2014 02:03 PM
  5. mdtiki's Avatar
    Guessing I should have scoured the Nokia site first but anyway, here's an interesting titbit I did find...

    Currently Nokia Lumia phones with Bluetooth LE feature enabled only support Adidas MiCoach accessories
    see: FAQ - FAQ - What is Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy and is it going to be available for my Lumia phone? - Nokia - USA

    So I guess Nokia has some private (I guess very private) APIs for BLE supported phones.
    Hopefully Windows Phone 8.1 will open it up to the rest of us?
    02-13-2014 02:16 PM
  6. facebookyong's Avatar
    BLE support but I guess buy fifa 14 coins unless I know the secret Nokia handshake it won't do me any good until perhaps Windows Phone 8.1 comes out.
    03-20-2014 04:08 AM

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