Bluetooth software in pipeline despite technology delays



Caroline Davis

Developers will be able to write Bluetooth applications for hand-held devices, despite the short-wave radio technology running months...



Caroline Davis

Developers will be able to write Bluetooth applications for hand-held devices, despite the short-wave radio technology running months behind schedule.

Extended Systems has begun shipping its Bluetooth software development kit (SDK), which includes protocols for wireless file exchange and synchronisation. The Bluetooth specialist claims the SDK is independent of processors or operating systems.

However, as Computer Weekly revealed recently, the first Bluetooth product in the UK - a wireless headset from Ericsson - is not due out until this summer, six months later than originally promised. And Nokia has said its first Bluetooth phones may not appear until next year.

Andrew Parker, of market analyst Forrester Research, blamed the hold-up on incompatibilities between different manufacturers' standards.

"Hard negotiating is still going on," he said. "It will be 18 months before Bluetooth is up and running with a significant user base and adequate hardware."

But he did not think the SDK was premature. "There are lots of people doing trials with Bluetooth looking for tools to assist them. It's a limited but significant community."

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that enables mobile devices to swap data at up to 10m, or 100m with boosters.

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