Windows Phone 8.1 update receives Bluetooth 4.0 stamp of approval

Windows Phone 8.1 update receives Bluetooth 4.0 stamp of approval

Rumors abound that the next big update to Windows Phone 8 will include a notification center and Siri-like voice assistant, but users can also expect Bluetooth 4.0 support as well.

Nokia Power User reported Saturday that Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update has crossed yet another certification hurdle, this time for Bluetooth 4.0, which is already supported on competing iOS and Android devices.

According to the listing on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (BSIG) website, Microsoft received Bluetooth 4.0 certification for Windows Phone 8.1 last Friday, January 31, more than five months after submitting the mobile OS on August 5, 2013.

The BSIG certification page twice specifically includes mention of Bluetooth low-energy (LE) support, a feature that has been widely expected given the increasing popularity of devices coupled to mobile apps which support such technology.

Great, but when?

The first major update to Windows Phone 8 is shaping up to be quite a doozy, with new notification center settings, separate volume control and improved multitasking also tipped for release this year.

When the update might start landing on user handsets is anyone’s guess, but with Microsoft’s annual Build Developer Conference kicking off April 2 in San Francisco, we wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a preview version land in the hands of developers during the event.

Previous sources claim that Windows Phone 8.1 will be released to manufacturers next month, with a final release to end users sometime in May, assuming Microsoft has all of its ducks in a row by that time.

It’s important to note Microsoft’s BSIG listing only covers the "mobile phone operating system" itself, although Nokia has already confirmed Bluetooth 4.0 support for its Lumia line, and all Windows Phone 8 devices are expected to be eligible for the update to 8.1.

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