Lumia 920 and 820 get Bluetooth 4.0 certification

When Nokia officially announced the Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones earlier this month, both were listed as supporting Bluetooth 3.1. However, other smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the upcoming iPhone 5, support the updated Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity features.

Now it seems that Nokia has decided that Bluetooth 3.1 is just not enough for both devices. The Bluetooth.org website now lists the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 as both receiving the certification for Bluetooth 4.0. Hopefully that means when the smartphones are officially launched later this year, they will have that Bluetooth 4.0 support out of the box.

In related news, the global version of the Lumia 920 has also received the approval of the FCC. However, as Engadget points out, the hardware that's found inside this version of the smartphone does not support any of the LTE networks that are used inside the US, which makes the prospect of this model of the 920 being sold in this country very unlikely.

As we have reported before, Nokia has yet to give a specific launch date or the price tag for either the Lumia 920 or 820 and has yet to comment on which wireless carrier will sell the devices in the US.

Via: WMPoweruser.com
Source: Bluetooth.org | Image via Nokia

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Majesticmerc said,
Alternate headline: "Lumia smartphones use same Bluetooth specification as all other current smartphones".
LOL that would make more sense as a headline. Or something like "Lumia smarphones one step closer to being usable, now all they need are apps and users."

That's all great but if the other device only has Bluetooth 2 then there's no point.
Just like NFC which I will never use as my phone will outlive me before the tech comes into play. I guess it's important for advances in the tech though.

edit - "the certification papers actually specify this model, the RM-821, as the Lumia 920.1, which leads us to assume the AT&T-friendly version might be the 920.2"

Edited by canucksrule, Sep 20 2012, 2:22am :

It's odd that none of the WP advertise Bluetooth 4.0 support. They all use the Snapdragon S4 which has native Bluetooth 4.0 support.

mrp04 said,
It's odd that none of the WP advertise Bluetooth 4.0 support. They all use the Snapdragon S4 which has native Bluetooth 4.0 support.

Probably because Microsoft has been silent on whether or not they have finally added full serial Bluetooth profiles to Windows Phone OS to support the devices that will utilize BT 4.0. Previous versions of Windows Phone have not, and MS has been silent about it. That's why no Bluetooth sports peripherals work with Windows Phone. The OS does not support the Bluetooth profiles required. And there has been no work on WP8. The hardware means nothing until MS fixes the OS.

MorganX said,

Probably because Microsoft has been silent on whether or not they have finally added full serial Bluetooth profiles to Windows Phone OS to support the devices that will utilize BT 4.0. Previous versions of Windows Phone have not, and MS has been silent about it. That's why no Bluetooth sports peripherals work with Windows Phone. The OS does not support the Bluetooth profiles required. And there has been no work on WP8. The hardware means nothing until MS fixes the OS.

May be you must have lost in the path. If you ever looked at WP8 SDK, you have ample choice of BT profiles which includes file transfer protocols.

nitins60 said,

May be you must have lost in the path. If you ever looked at WP8 SDK, you have ample choice of BT profiles which includes file transfer protocols.

File transfer protocols are BT 1.0 and BT 2.0.

BT 4.0 adds a special protocol for things like low energy devices (heart rate monitors etc).

David Crane said,
Another Lumnia farted. LOL this site covers EVERYTHING Lumnia related, even if it isn't news.

While it is Lumia related, Bluetooth 4.0 support with full profile support in Windows phone is significant, since it is currently not present and is a BIG DEAL with regards to lifestyle applications and peripherals which currently are only supported, sometimes, on Android (mostly) and iPhone (a few). Windows Phone = NONE.

David Crane said,
Another Lumnia farted. LOL this site covers EVERYTHING Lumnia related, even if it isn't news.

You can't even spell Lumia...

MorganX said,

While it is Lumia related, Bluetooth 4.0 support with full profile support in Windows phone is significant, since it is currently not present and is a BIG DEAL with regards to lifestyle applications and peripherals which currently are only supported, sometimes, on Android (mostly) and iPhone (a few). Windows Phone = NONE.

It might be important as a feature for a phone, just has having Wifi certification, USB, 4G, <insert feature here>, but it's not really news...

ingramator said,

You can't even spell Lumia...

So I've made a spell error. Thanks for pointing it out. Should I now go trough your posts and identify every single spell error that you made and call you out on that?

"ingramator" LOL does that mean you're something like a grammar police agent?

David Crane said,
It might be important as a feature for a phone, just has having Wifi certification, USB, 4G, <insert feature here>, but it's not really news...

I suppose that's up to the reader. I think it's news. I'm on a Samsung Galaxy now when I'd rather be on Windows Phone because the Galaxy supports my fitness software and BT HRM. The badass Lumia 920 having BT 4.0 and potentially supporting the appropriate BT Profiles is news (developer want to bring these devices to Windows Phone). However the bigger news will be MS fixing Windows Phone OS' Blutetooth stack to support the required profiles. Their continued silence does not leave me optimistic.

harjeet said,

So what?

Two reasons I mentioned it.

1) The article mentioned a couple of other smartphones that had bluetooth 4.0 as a reference. It mentions the 'upcoming iPhone 5' but not the 4S.

2) Why is it a front page news article that this phone has it?

Stetson said,
I believe that the iPhone 4S supported bluetooth 4.0 as well.

Does this mean that we should list the number of features that are available on WP7/WP8/Android that is on ton iPhone 4/4S/5? Because that is a long list. But we know, those features are not needed or useless, such as NFC, LTE, etc. until Apple declares them ready and magical for the world to use.

Stetson said,

1) The article mentioned a couple of other smartphones that had bluetooth 4.0 as a reference. It mentions the 'upcoming iPhone 5' but not the 4S.

There's really no reason to point out the 4S has it cause its a year old now. The author is just focusing on current phones released or being released. Unless of course you were trying to point out that Nokia is playing catch-up.