Windows Phone 8 Bluetooth profiles revealed, OBEX confirmed

Design NameWindows Phone 8
Member CompanyMicrosoft Corporation
Specification Name3.1
Design Model NumberWindows Phone 8
Software Version Number8.0
Qualification Assessment DateAugust/06/2012
Listing DateAugust/06/2012
Design DescriptionMobile Phone Operating System

Profile / ProtocolRole / Version (If Any)
Serial Port Profile 
Service Discovery Application ProfileLocal Device (LocDev)
Audio/Video Control Transport ProtocolAVCTP 1.3
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile
AVRCP v1.4
Object Push ProfileObject Push Client
Object Push Server
Generic Audio/Video Distribution ProfileAcceptor
Audio/Video Distribution Transport ProtocolAcceptor
Advanced Audio Distribution ProfileA2DP 1.2
Source (SRC)
Hands-Free ProfileAudio Gateway (AG)
CVSD audio coding over SCO
Hands-Free Profile 1.5
Phone Book Access ProfilePSE

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.