Windows Phone 8 Bluetooth profiles revealed, OBEX confirmed
|Design Name||Windows Phone 8|
|Member Company||Microsoft Corporation|
|Design Model Number||Windows Phone 8|
|Software Version Number||8.0|
|Qualification Assessment 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||
|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
|Hands-Free Profile||Audio Gateway (AG)
CVSD audio coding over SCO
Hands-Free Profile 1.5
|Phone Book Access Profile||PSE|
The 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.