Nokia Amber update to bring Bluetooth 4.0 to Lumia 720, 620 and 520

A leaked slide detailing some of the improvements coming to Nokia's impending Amber update for their Lumia Windows Phones has revealed that Bluetooth 4.0 support is coming to some devices with the update. According to BlockJack!'s slide, the Nokia Lumia 720, Lumia 620 and Lumia 520 will all be receiving Bluetooth 4.0 drivers with the Amber update, alongside other features such as FM radio support.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227 chipset that powers these devices has the necessary connectivity for Bluetooth 4.0, but Nokia and Microsoft have taken their time to develop the drivers for the low-energy technology that is necessary for full support, which is why these devices currently only support Bluetooth 3.0. With the Amber update reportedly bringing Bluetooth 4.0 support, you'll be able to connect your smartphone to various low-energy accessories such as the Fitbit and smart watches.

While this information originates from a recent press conference in Hong Kong, it's not clear when the Amber update will be made available to the public, although we have been hearing rumors for a few months so we imagine it's not too far away.

Source: BlogJack! via WMPU

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will it provide a file manager? video sharing via bluetooth? call duration? call blocking?
save pdf files to sd card? presently aps keep the data, will it remove this? can apps be intalled to the sd card? none of these basic features are not in lumia 520. will the amber update be of any gud?

I'm not real clear on the benefits of Blutooth 4.0... Will this mean Blutooth use on the phone will use less battery in general? Also, I'm assuming this update will also apply to the 920 / 925 / 928, etc?

brent3000 said,
I for one hope so, strange how none of their flagship phone gets listed regarding BT4

Well, it's a slide from a press event in Hong Kong, so I would imagine it was tailored for that market. It wouldn't make sense for them to reference the 928 for instance...

sanctified said,
less battery and better transfer speeds

Good to know. I'm assuming that will be for all BT devices then? I'm just a bit confused as the news reporting on this acts as if it only applies to low power BT devices like watches...?

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm not real clear on the benefits of Blutooth 4.0... Will this mean Blutooth use on the phone will use less battery in general? Also, I'm assuming this update will also apply to the 920 / 925 / 928, etc?

You can connect with heart monitor belts as well for example. Very convenient although I am perplexed by the apparent absence of the Lumia 920; I know for sure that the device is BT 4 certified so it does not make much sense to not updating it as well.

Fritzly said,

You can connect with heart monitor belts as well for example. Very convenient although I am perplexed by the apparent absence of the Lumia 920; I know for sure that the device is BT 4 certified so it does not make much sense to not updating it as well.

Well, I'm sure it is getting updated as well, these slides, being from a press event in Hong Kong could have been targeting the lower end market.

M_Lyons10 said,
Also, I'm assuming this update will also apply to the 920 / 925 / 928, etc?

That assumption is correct. The FCC filing for the Lumia 920 shows it has bluetooth 4.0 on-board.

Low power BT allows for smaller lifestyle devices with lower power/small batteries to communicate with the phone such as heart rate monitors, watches, bands and such. Also, if they provide support for the apt-x codec you can get cd quality sound over BT with 4.0.

wixostrix said,

That assumption is correct. The FCC filing for the Lumia 920 shows it has bluetooth 4.0 on-board.

Awesome!

MorganX said,
Low power BT allows for smaller lifestyle devices with lower power/small batteries to communicate with the phone such as heart rate monitors, watches, bands and such. Also, if they provide support for the apt-x codec you can get cd quality sound over BT with 4.0.

Really? That sounds pretty cool. I guess this is a pretty decent update (I was initially a bit confused as to why it was such a big deal. lol).

sanctified said,
Wow, the 520 suddenly became a bigger bang for our money. I wonder what other features will this include.

Amber supposedly also includes improved camera software and stuff... Then there's the upcoming WP update, which should ship along with it.