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why did they leave out bluetooth!?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by capuman, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. capuman

    capuman Well-Known Member
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    i love my Hero i really do, but why on earth did Google seem to leave out the basic Bluetooth capabilities!?

    Pretty much everyone transfers files between them selves from one phone to another via bluetooth, or connects to their car phone via bluetooth, 2 things which i cant do with my Hero...why??

    I cant tranfer images from my old phone to my Hero and i cant use my handsfree car phone features because although the Hero finds both my old phone and my car, all it says is 'paired but not connected'

    I really dont understand why Google did not inplement this basic bluetooth feature. I just hope its fixed in Android 2!

    By the way, im assuming from reading in other posts that what i describe is not a problem with my phone, but a problem with Andriod right?
     

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  2. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member
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    Your phone is working fine. Android has bluetooth limtiations at the moment.

     
  3. petefoth

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    It's because Android is a relatively new phone operating system which has been implemented pretty much from scratch in the recent past (last two or three years), and advanced Bluetooth functionality (file transfer, stereo headset) will be low down the list of features that must be present before the phone/OS can launch. In the first smartphones based on Symbian OS (R380, P800 in the late 1990s), BT functionality was either not present or was limited to the most basic profiles and even those were pretty flakey. Phones would often pair with some headsets but not others, or send files to some devices but not others. It took a couple of generations before the implementation matured enough so that the advanced functionality worked smoothly and reliably. I'm less familiar with Windows Mobile, but I assume the story was similar there.

    I would expect that the BT functionality in Android will improve over time. My particular beef is that the stereo headset profile isn't as well implemented as the one on my old Sony Ericsson W960: I can start and stop playback and I can skip to the next track, but I can't control the volume or skip to the previous track if shuffle is enabled.

    I guess we have got used to the functionality that has been in the older smartphone OSs and we want/expect Android to be at least as good. I'm sure it will be, but we may have to wait a while :p

    BTW, my Hero does seem to work on my car handsfree, so I suspect that your problem is one of the 'will only talk to some devices' kind.

    Regards

    Pete
    I've worked with Symbian OS phones since
     
  4. Bhav

    Bhav Well-Known Member
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    Proper bluetooth support is coming in Android 2.x (which is coming to the Hero in 2010)
     
  5. SurfYourName

    SurfYourName New Member
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    Has a release date been announced for this update? I have a HTC Hero with Sprint and can't wait for this update. I am ready NOW!!! If anyone knows when...let me know! :D
     
  6. Bhav

    Bhav Well-Known Member
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    No, the release date has not been announced.
     
  7. skimminstones

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    Ive always been confused why the t-mobile pulse ran off android 1.5 but allowed bluetooth file transfer when much more expensive handsets dont.
     
  8. Beauborg

    Beauborg Active Member
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    My Hero connects to the factory bluetooth in my car without a problem. Perhaps you could borrow another Hero and see if that one works to check it's not a problem with your particular one.
     
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