If Google Play Protect messed up Bluetooth on your Android phone, here is a quick fix

Google Play Protect combines several features that are already available for Android handsets, and puts them together under the Google Play Protect branding. This includes automatic scanning for viruses and the Find My Device feature. The Google Play Protect logo will soon appear on the packaging of every device with the Google Play Store pre-installed. The service has been pushed out to several Android models, and this has led to a problem with Bluetooth on some units.

For some reason, Google Play Protect red flags an app called Bluetooth Share 7.0, mistakenly listing it as being unsafe. …


The Moto X4 can broadcast audio to four Bluetooth devices at once, but there's a catch

The Moto X4 is Lenovo’s latest upper mid-range device under the Moto brand, though it’s fair to say we’ve seen and heard a lot about it in the months preceding its announcement. And given how the X series is no longer Moto’s flagship line, we’ve had little expectations of new and groundbreaking technology being present in the device.

And yet, Moto surprised us with at least one neat new feature of the X4, though it’s one users may not even realize is actually there — superpowered Bluetooth connectivity options. Namely, the Moto X4 has the ability …

New BlackBerry handset (BBD100-1) receives its Bluetooth certification

Back in June, reliable tipster Evan Blass sent out a tweet stating that BlackBerry has as many as two new handsets planned, carrying the code names Juno and Krypton. At the time, that was all of the information that could be found about these handsets. Today, a BlackBerry phone with the model number BBD100-1 received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

Based on rumored specs, the BBD100-1 could be another model in the DTEK line up. Designed and manufactured by TCL under a license procured from BlackBerry, the models currently sporting the DTEK name …

Google Home finally gains Bluetooth support for audio playback

Google promised quite a lot of features will come along with its home assistant back at the I/O event, but some of them have yet to be implemented. Earlier this week, the Mountain View company announced a couple of these features should start rolling out immediately to Google Home users in certain countries.

The most important new feature is support for Bluetooth audio playback, which will allow Google Home users to listen to their favorite music without having to cast to the device directly using Wi-Fi. Rolling out this week, Bluetooth Audio support enables …

Despite receipt of Bluetooth 5 certification, HTC U11 won't run new features until Android O is installed

The HTC U11 has received its Bluetooth 5.0 certification from the Bluetooth SIG. But that doesn’t mean that the phone’s new Bluetooth capabilities are now available. The new features won’t be completely offered to users until the next build of Android, Android O, is actually installed on the handset later this year. The new version of Bluetooth will allow data to be transmitted at speeds twice as fast as presently available, and transmission distance will increase by a factor of four. The amount of information and data sent in each broadcast will increase by as much as eight times the current number.

Helping …

Android O will let you hear your own custom ringtone through your Bluetooth device

When it comes to technology, people often don’t realize just how much work goes into the details — but they sure do once something’s just a little off. And this has long been the case when it comes to Android’s support for Bluetooth, which lacks several seemingly minor features which actually turn out to be quite useful.

Case in point: what happens when you’ve paired your wireless headset to your smartphone, and someone calls you? Right now, you can only hear the (often terrible) default ringing your Bluetooth device provides, while whatever custom …

New HTC U11 update featuring support for Bluetooth 5.0 and 60 fps video recording rolling out now

Good news for customers who purchased the HTC U11, as the Taiwanese handset maker has just announced a new update is now available for download. The update is supposed to bring a few new features that weren’t available in the HTC U11 at launch, such as improved video recording and connectivity features.

If you don’t remember, we reported last month that HTC U11 could get support for Bluetooth 5.0 in a future update. Earlier this week, news about HTC enabling 60 FPS video recording (1080p) for the U11 emerged as well.

Today, HTC Taiwan confirmed that a new firmware is now being pushed …

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker Review

Introduction
Founded in 2009 by a group of then Google employees, Anker has made a name for themselves in the world of smartphone accessories. Known for reliable cables, chargers, and power banks, the company has also delved into the audio market, producing various lines of Bluetooth speakers and headphones, which, like their other accessories, became known for their reasonable price, and solid performance. While the company may not be the most prominent name in audio technology, they’ve drawn comparisons to heavy-hitters like Bose and JBL. Today, we take a look at their SoundCore Boost 20-Watt …

Samsung Gear POP receives its certification from the Bluetooth SIG

A wearable device called the Samsung Gear POP has just received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group). The product carries an SM-R600 model number, and features Bluetooth v4.2 on board. Back in May, we told you about a pair of wearable fitness products that Samsung was developing. One was the aforementioned Gear POP while the other was called the Gear Fit Pro. Both products are believed to have the Tizen OS pre-installed.

The Bluetooth SIG has the Gear POP listed as a mobile device. The product could turn out to be more fitness tracker than smartwatch …

Android may finally be getting native support for Bluetooth battery indicators

If you’re one of the many, many Android users who own some sort of wireless Bluetooth accessory, there’s a high chance you’ve at some point wished for an easy way to check its battery status right from your device’s screen. And as it happens, the Bluetooth standard already has support for the feature — in fact, it has had it for more than five years. And while many manufacturers have their own implementations of the feature, it’s still not present in the AOSP (a.k.a. the base all Android variants derive from).

But as uncovered in Android’s source …