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Microsoft’s updated Bluetooth stack for WP8.1 Update 1 passes through the Bluetooth SIG


The Bluetooth SIG has posted the updated Bluetooth stack for Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.

While Microsoft touts the main new feature as being Bluetooth Low Energy support, the updated stack also adds Bluetooth Personal Area Network (PAN) support, which will can be used for internet sharing and also for supporting smart accessories like smart watches.

Compared to Windows Phone 8.0 the changes are a lot more dramatic. That stack dates back to August 2012, and only supported the Handsfree Protocol 1.5, vs 1.6 in the latest version.  Version 1.6 adds support for high quality audio via the mSBC codec, which should mean with supporting devices better sound quality and voice recognition. It now also supports Voice Recognition Activation, which should be handy with supporting car kits for Cortana.

Microsoft has recently specified that OEMs can no longer extend the stack, like Nokia did to add Bluetooth LE support in 2013, meaning for now we have to rely on Microsoft to keep the stack up to date. 

See the full certification here.

Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 Update Brings Internet Sharing Over Bluetooth Option

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This is an another little feature added in Windows Phone 8.1 Update. Till now, you can share your internet connection on your Windows Phone only through WiFi. This update brings you the option to select the mode of internet sharing. You can choose between WiFi and Bluetooth to share your internet connection. This could come handy when some low-end devices didn’t have the option to connect to WiFi.

Other than that, do you have any real use cases of using Internet Sharing over Bluetooth instead of WiFi? Let us know in the comments.

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Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12 Available From Stores From Today

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Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12 has NFC included, just tap your NFC-enabled phone to this little speaker and you’re all set. Or use Bluetooth and stream your tunes wirelessly with a guaranteed 15 hours of music play on the rechargeable battery. It will be available in yellow, green, orange and white colors.

Utilising a built-in vibrating actuator on its base, the low frequencies of your music are created and amplified when placed on a solid surface – effectively turning any table into a speaker!

The speaker that’s positioned on the top lifts the rest of the frequency range high into, and around, the room.

The Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker is available today from all good outlets, priced at €39.

New Promo Video For Nokia Treasure Tag – Keep Your Precious Things Close

Nokia recently announced the Treasure Tag accessory for Lumia devices. You can keep your precious things close with Nokia Treasure Tag. Attach tag to your belongings and pair it with your phone. You’ll be able to use your phone to quickly find the things you’ve tagged. Keep track of your most important belongings by pairing and customising up to four Treasure Tags with the same app. You can download the Treasure Tag app from the Windows Phone Store.

Nokia published the above promo video for Nokia Treasure Tag today. It is a nice little song explaining the usage of Treasure Tag accessory. Watch it above.

Connectivity Tiles – not just yet another app

What sets most apps apart from others is it’s design. Yes, we all want apps to do what they are created for, but why wouldn’t our phones also look good while doing it? There are many apps in the Store that you can use to toggle your connections. But none of them is like this one.

This is what sets Connectivity Tiles app apart from others:QR Code generator
  • unique design, a real eye candy
  • not just minor appearance customizations, a really different ways to express yourself
  • accent color aware tile skin that isn’t just a white icon on an accent color background
  • nicely animated
  • with a little help of a user Airplane mode tile also shows the current status
  • animated help for quick and easy learning
  • fast and fluid

There are 6 tile skins and 4 background options (that is the reason why this app is a bit larger then others), so you don’t have to be stuck with one design. All backgrounds are accent color aware. There is also an accent color aware tile skin which is more than just a white icon on a solid accent color background. It is simple yet attractive using the color of your choice.

What people are saying:

5stars Brilliant little app. Works great and looks great!
5stars Awesome!! :)
5stars I like it, beautiful and useful!

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for FREE.

Report: Nokia Planning To Release A New Bluetooth Accessory Called ‘Treasure Tag’

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With the support for Bluetooth LE/Smart in the upcoming Windows Phone GDR2/Amber update, Nokia is planning to release a range of Bluetooth 4.0 based accessories for its Lumia Windows Phone devices. Today, The Verge reported that Nokia is planning to release a Bluetooth 4.0/NFC accessory called “Treasure Tag” which will pair with Lumia Windows Phones via NFC and will come with a with a loop strap to attach it with other items. This accessory will allow Windows Phone users to track items with a special application.

The app will also display the location of the sensor on a map, complete with Nokia’s LiveSight augmented reality view. You’ll also be able to locate a phone that’s paired to the sensor by holding down a key on the device. The sensor will trigger a notification sound on a phone, but only if it’s within range.

We first wrote about the accessory as an unsubstantiated rumour on the weekend, but it seems confirmation has come rather rapidly.

Source: The Verge

Microsoft Has Something To Share About Bluetooth Smart Ready Innovation At BUILD

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Windows Phone still lacks support for Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy, and also protocols such as PAN and DUN, which are becoming increasingly important for gadgets such as smart watches. Even though Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 has Bluetooth 4.0 hardware capabilities, they are limited by the Windows Phone 8 support for Bluetooth 3.1. It seems Microsoft has something to share about Bluetooth Smart Ready capabilities at BUILD conference later this month.

Suke Jawanda is Chief Marketing Officer of the Bluetooth SIG blogged the following,

As “OS Season” continues, I’m looking forward to sharing more Bluetooth Smart Ready innovation from Microsoft Build later this month.

Windows 8 already has native integration of Bluetooth 4.0 which makes Windows 8 products Bluetooth Smart Ready. They connect to familiar Bluetooth devices like wireless speakers, keyboards, and mice, but they can also connect to the latest generation of super energy-efficient Bluetooth Smart products. I expect Microsoft to announce Bluetooth 4.0 support for Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 at BUILD conference. What do you think?


Caledos Heart Mon 1.0 for Windows Phone

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Rome IT 13/6/2013: It is freely available since today, on the WP8 store – Caledos Heart Mon: certainly the most accurate heart rate meter for Windows Phone. In fact, it does not use the classic phone camera to read the beat, but it is able to connect via bluetooth to the Zephyr’s HxM chest strap and plot a graph of the heart beat over time.

If you’re interested in buying a Zephyr HxM sensor:

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Tip: How to play music on PC from Phone



Here is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.

In this “how to” we will discuss how to play music on PC from your windows phone. Windows phone is capable of acting as a remote control, stream audio / video provided your recipient device supports.

Before we go ahead further into this, make sure that your phone is paired with your PC via Bluetooth. You can follow the steps from this how to or from this to pair the devices.

To use this feature you will need the below.

  • Bluetooth enabled PC
  • Microsoft Bluetooth / LE Enumerator.
  • Windows XP and above.
  • Windows Phone Bluetooth driver.

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Tip: How to share file via Bluetooth from a PC

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SiteHere is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.

In this how to we will discuss how to share file via Bluetooth from a PC. Windows phone 8 does offer you the option to connect to USB and share the file using storage but there might be infinite reason to use Bluetooth for file transfer.


Every Bluetooth device for communication has to be paired first. If you haven’t already paired your device with the phone, you might need to start with this.

  • Navigate to settings in your windows phone
  • Tap on “Bluetooth”.
  • Turn it on.
  • Ensure that the Bluetooth is turned on in your PC.
  • Navigate to “Devices and Printers” in your PC (Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers).
  • Click on “Add a device”.
  • Your phone will get listed in the devices list while search is in progress.
  • Select the phone and click next.
  • Your PC will display a pass code and so as will your phone.
  • If the pass code matches in both the PC and phone, accept the message in both the phone and the PC.
  • This confirms that you are the person who is using both the devices.
  • Your PC will automatically install the phone driver and add it as a device.
  • Your phone will also show PC in under the Bluetooth devices list.

Now that your phone and PC are paired, the devices will remain trusted until you remove the device either from PC or Phone.

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No Bluetooth improvements in Windows Phone 8 GDR2


The Nokia Lumia 925, which runs the updated version of Windows Phone 8 GDR2 has just passed through the Bluetooth SIG certification, and the entry reveals that the new version of the OS does not bring any Bluetooth subsystem improvements.

The handset still runs the same default Windows Phone 8 profile from August 2012 and Nokia’s Alpha engine controller subsystem from the same period.

That update finally brought Object push to Windows Phone and allowed developers to access the Bluetooth Serial port, which dramatically increased the ability of developers to access accessories ranging from Bluetooth powered toys to Bluetooth powered blood glucose monitors.

Windows Phone however still lacks support for Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy, and also protocols such as PAN and DUN, which are becoming increasingly important for gadgets such as smart watches.

Windows Phone is expected to get a further General Distribution Release later this year, and eventually a Windows Phone Blue update either late this year or also possibly next year, and Microsoft is also rumoured to be working on their own Smart Watch, so we hope to see further improvements in the Bluetooth support eventually.

Thanks A2J for the tip.

Toggle – Bringing settings to your start screen

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Toggle – The newest app by QBM5 brings the ease of settings straight to your home screen.  Quickly and easily pin WiFi  Bluetooth, Data, Lock screen and other settings shortcuts to your start screen.  This could save literally hundreds of seconds a month in pointless searching.

  • Airplane
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Data
  • Location
  • Email
  • Lock screen

Toggle also support voice commands.  It is as simple as Saying “Toggle WiFi  and your WiFi settings are at your finger tips. Download Toggle Now

Nokia Contacts Share app updated – now supports Bluetooth

imageNokia has updated their Contact Share app for Windows Phone 7.8 also.  The app, which allows vCards to be sent via SMS and email, has now also added support for Bluetooth.

The feature is exclusive to Nokia Windows Phone 7.8 handsets, which are now pre-installed on the Nokia Lumia 610 and Nokia Lumia 505 and 510 sold in Mexico and China respectively.

The roll-out of the update to other Windows Phones is still awaited, but is expected imminently.

Thanks Jens for the tip.