The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has approved Samsung’s GT-S8500 earlier this week, ushering in the first instance the world has seen of Bluetooth 3.0 on a mobile phone. The GT-S8500 will come packed with a 3.1-inch OLED display with their TouchWiz UI compatible with GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900). Broadcom also announced it has been shipping combo chip solutions that are Bluetooth 3.0 compatible in several PCs, only needing software update to enable.
Bluetooth 3.0 was first demonstrated in February 2009 at Mobile World Congress, approved in April, and has shipped on several non-phone devices since. Bluetooth 3.0 takes the Bluetooth protocols, allowing them to “jump on top of an already present 802.11 radio.” Pairing of devices is done through Bluetooth, but file transferred are passed over to WiFi, allowing file transfer speeds up to 24Mbps all while consuming less power.