Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the contribution of its Bluetooth software stack to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The software will also be included in Android 4.2. For more news, visit Broadcom’s Newsroom.
Broadcom’s offering consolidates features, Bluetooth specification support and APIs, providing developers a single, common platform for building new applications. By incorporating Broadcom’s contribution, Android provides OEMs, accessory makers and applications developers a robust Bluetooth solution that will help drive continued Bluetooth use in Android-powered devices and open the doors for the development of new Bluetooth applications – including heart rate monitors, 3D glasses, remote controls and sensors.
The interpretation of a standard like Bluetooth can be understood and implemented differently across different devices. Over the past ten years, Broadcom has updated and refined its software to account for variations in device behavior. By regularly participating in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) UnPlugFests, Broadcom ensures interoperability between devices and across different product segments. The contributed Broadcom stack is vendor agnostic and has been proven on multiple Bluetooth chips from different vendors.
Broadcom’s leading Bluetooth software stack has shipped in more than one billion devices, enabling seamless communication between smartphones and tablets. As the largest Bluetooth solution supplier on Android, Broadcom will continue to optimize the stack and drive innovation for the Android ecosystem.