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Sphero app coming to Windows Phone Store soon

Its the seasons for toys and games, so it is pretty appropriate that we now have a Windows Phone 8 app to control Sphero, a robotic ball controlled usually by an iPhone or Android handset.

The control is via Bluetooth SSP, which should mean most devices which can be controlled by Bluetooth could be supported by Windows Phone 8 also.

The app by Stuart Lodge, appears to be pretty polished, and has been submitted to Marketplace, meaning we can add another toy to our potential Windows Phone 8 accessories list.

Read more about his efforts at Slodge.blogspot.com here.

Cool Windows Phone 8 Bluetooth API Demo–Connect to your EEG Reader!

Windows Phone 8 now has an open Bluetooth API, which means developers can get really creative.

Probably the coolest demo so far is the above app by Justin Angel, which lets a user connect to the Mindwave Mobile Headset and literally read your mind, or at least the waves it generates.

Justin has also packages the components of the app into an open source SDK for connecting to the headset, which he calls MetroEEG,  which can presumably be adapted by developers for all kinds of other Bluetooth gadgets, including for example Bluetooth Blood Sugar glucometers.

Read more and download the SDK at Codeplex here.

Much demanded new Windows Phone 8 feature arrive –Music file transfer via Bluetooth

Windows Phone 8 has many great features,  but most we know about already, leaving us somewhat deflated.

Here however is one that has not really been rumoured.  We already know you can share documents and pictures, but Windows Phone 8 now also allows MP3 files to be shared via NFC/WIFI Direct, which is very fast, or simply Bluetooth, which is slower, but still works.

Currently in Windows Phone 7 a link to marketplace is shared instead of the actual file.

If is not yet know if this will work between an Android and Windows Phone for example, but it works flawlessly between two Windows Phone 8 handsets, with the files being added seamlessly to the music library.

With music being mainly distributed by Bluetooth Sharing in some parts of the world, I am sure this feature will cheer many up.

HTC may be selling matching Bluetooth Audio Headphone clips for the HTC 8X

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That HTC promotional video is a gift that keeps on giving.  The latest teaser to pop up from the video appears to be the first HTC 8X-specific accessory for the device.

In the video around the 30 second mark HTC shows of a set of headphones to be sold separately, with the control pad of what appears to be a Bluetooth A2DP receiver  which appears to be clipped to the backpack strap of the model in the second picture.

Accessories have become a new focus for Windows Phone OEMs trying to raise the revenue per customer for Windows Phone buyers, with Nokia especially going all out with headphones, radios and charging pillows for the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.  It is nice to see that HTC will also be providing ways for us to extend the features of our Windows Phones.

See the video after the break.

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Samsung ATIV S passes through Bluetooth SIG, brings along Bluetooth contact import


The Samsung GT-i8750 has passed through the Bluetooth SIG.  The certification does not reveal any new Bluetooth profiles, referring to the generic Windows Phone 8 version, except for a new Bluetooth Contacts Import feature, something which we first saw on Nokia’s Windows Phones.

The feature hopefully indicates that Samsung is getting a bit more serious about moving some of their Android customers over to Windows Phone for their next handset.

See the entry at the Bluetooth SIG here.

Nokia Purity Pro wireless headphones demoed on video

Unleashthephones.com managed to catch a hands-on demo of Nokia’s new Purity Pro wireless headphones and managed to answer many of the questions readers have raised.

Firstly, battery life is pretty good, rated at 24 hours of wireless streaming with noise cancelation enabled.

Next they were able to confirm that even when battery does run out you will still be able to use the headphones wired.

Lastly they showed the device does charge via microUSB.

See some pictures at Unleashthephones.com here.

Via Mynokiablog.com

What is Nokia’s Alpha Engine?


A new Nokia product has been certified by the Bluetooth SIG, and this one is a bit mysterious, but also very tantalizing.

The entry for the  so-called “Alpha engine controller subsystem” does not reveal much, except that it runs on the latest Bluetooth 4.0 protocol, but the Alpha moniker does of course ring a bell, with the Windows Phone 8 handset with the code-name Juggernaut Alpha showing up all over the place.

Could this then be part of the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset showing up on the Bluetooth SIG, running Bluetooth 4.0 rather than the disappointing Bluetooth 3.1 in the general Windows Phone 8 certification?  I guess we will find out soon enough at Nokia World 2012 on the 5th September 2012.

See the entry at the Bluetooth SIG here.

Windows Phone 8 Bluetooth profiles revealed, OBEX confirmed

Design Name Windows Phone 8
Member Company Microsoft Corporation
Specification Name 3.1
Design Model Number Windows Phone 8
Software Version Number 8.0
Qualification Assessment Date August/06/2012
Listing Date August/06/2012
Design Description Mobile Phone Operating System

Profile / Protocol Role / Version (If Any)
Serial Port Profile  
Service Discovery Application Profile Local Device (LocDev)
Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol AVCTP 1.3
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile
AVRCP v1.4
Object Push Profile Object Push Client
Object Push Server
Generic Audio/Video Distribution Profile Acceptor
Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol Acceptor
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile A2DP 1.2
Source (SRC)
Hands-Free Profile Audio Gateway (AG)
CVSD audio coding over SCO
Hands-Free Profile 1.5
Phone Book Access Profile PSE

imageThe Windows Phone 8 Bluetooth profile list has finally been posted at the Bluetooth SIG, and it confirms that Windows Phones will be able to both send and receive objects, though the exact nature of the data which can be transferred is still unknown.

OBEX is the only new profile added since Windows Phone 7.5, but the Audio/Video Remote Control Profile was updated from version 1.3 to 1.4, which adds the ability to browse and search media on media servers over Bluetooth,  and the Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol was also updated from version 1.0 to version 1.3.

It appears the headset profile was also dropped, and the serial protocol remains missing, but we already know developers will have access to this feature.

Unfortunately the version of Bluetooth supported is version 3, rather than the latest version 4, which adds Bluetooth Low Energy, which allows phones to communicate with low energy devices such as sensors and smart watches.

The profile can be seen here.

Leaked Windows Phone 8 SDK confirms Peer to Peer Bluetooth functionality

Today’s leaked developer SDK has revealed one interesting new feature.  Developers will be able to access the Bluetooth stack via the API and allow applications to communicate from one handset to another using the short-range technology.

Developers will also be able to program the stack to connect to peripherals such as heart rate monitors via Bluetooth.

Windows Phone 8 handsets will also be able to discover other Windows Phones and devices in their proximity using the new API features, making it a substitute for NFC if this is not available.

The documentation does not make reference to other Bluetooth Stack improvements, but it does suggest developers will have more freedom to add what is missing in Windows Phone 8.

Windows 8 Bluetooth stack pass through certification

Service Discovery Application Profile Local Device (LocDev)
Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol AVCTP 1.2
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile AVRCP 1.3
Dial-Up Networking Profile Data Terminal (DT)
Packet connections
Object Push Profile Object Push Client
Object Push Server
Generic Audio/Video Distribution Profile Acceptor
Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol Acceptor
Personal Area Networking Profile PAN User
Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile Client (C)
Human Interface Device Host, Report protocol
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile A2DP 1.2
Source (SRC)
Hands-Free Profile Audio Gateway (AG)
CVSD audio coding over SCO
Hands-Free Profile 1.5
Generic Attribute Profile Attribute Protocol Supported over LE
Generic Attribute Profile Client
Generic Attribute Profile Server
Attribute Protocol Attribute Protocol Client
Attribute Protocol Server
Attribute Protocol Supported over LE
Security Manager Protocol
HID over GATT Profile Profile supported over LE
Report Host

The Windows 8 Bluetooth stack has just passed through the Bluetooth SIG certification.  The details reveal the usual collection of HID, A2DP, PAN and OBEX profiles, which should reassure Windows 8 buyers that they will not be losing functionality.

What is of course more relevant to Windows Phone users is that Windows Phone 8 is expected to feature very similar drivers to Windows 8, suggesting we may see more of the same profiles on Windows Phone 8 also.  Profiles like Object Push are of course much in demand and long overdue on Windows Phone.

All should be revealed in a few days however after the Windows Phone summit on the 20th next week.

In the mean time, see the certification at the Bluetooth SIG here.

Nokia Lumia 900 passes through Bluetooth Certification


Likely timed with the original expected release date of the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900, the handset’s Bluetooth certification has just popped up at Bluetooth.org.

The certification reveals the same standard Windows Phone Bluetooth profiles, except for the Bluetooth address book data transfer app, which Nokia added as their own extension.

We suggest of Nokia wants to use their freedom to extend Windows Phone Bluetooth features, they may want to add Bluetooth File Transfer for when they sell their phones in emerging markets.

See the entry here.

Microsoft working on making Windows Phone 8 feature competitive with Android and iPhone

Today’s round up of Microsoft job postings shows Microsoft is not slacking in their ambition with Windows Phone development at all, especially for the next major version.

In their 17/11/11 advertisement for a Software Development Engineer In Test Microsoft speaks of testing “enabling code provided in the BSP” to support “new capabilities to make the next version of the Windows Phone platform a compelling direct competitor with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android phone.”

This could be related to the many advanced features found in modern mobile chipsets  which are not generally exploited by Windows Phone 7 yet, including of course dual processor and high screen resolution support.

Part of this feature set may be better Bluetooth support in the OS, with Microsoft also advertising on the 17/11/11 for a Program Manager to help the team with “new chipsets, new capabilities, and new use cases are all being worked on feverishly to deliver enjoyable and delightful customer experiences in the next release of Windows Phone.”  Maybe that Bluetooth 4.0 support is coming after all.

Lastly Microsoft is also advertising for a Software Development Engineer in Test to “help ensure our devices are manageable at the personal, enterprise and operator levels, enabling powerful security features, across applications and device setting”, hopefully providing those much desired and missing enterprise features needed to make Windows Phone big in business.

It is pretty clear Microsoft has finished laying the foundation of Windows Phone with 7.0 and 7.5, and Version 8 make sure there are no missing features left over to hold the OS back.

Poll: Bluetooth issues with Windows Phone 7 Mango?

imageWindows Phone Mango has a new Bluetooth stack, including an updated Hands Free profile,  and it may be causing users who had no problems with NoDo to suddenly have pairing and reliability issues with Mango.

I myself have had Bluetooth connecting issues with my built-in car kit, and I have had reports from other readers of similar problems.

It would be useful to see how wide-spread these problems are. Let us know your experience in the poll and comments below.

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