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It seems that Microsoft has updated the Bluetooth Stack in Windows 10 v1803 from version 4.2 to 5.0. Before listing all the new profiles, let’s talk briefly about Bluetooth 5.0.
Bluetooth 5.0 Features
- It allows communication of all audio devices via Bluetooth Low Energy, including wireless headphones. This saves a lot of energy for your audio equipment.
- Play two different audio signals on two devices connected simultaneously from the same device.
- Better speed and greater range.
- Data transfer speed up to 2 Mbps
So does this help you directly? The answer would be no. Although Bluetooth 5.0 is backward compatible if you are using Bluetooth accessories designed for an older version of Bluetooth, you will not benefit from any of the new features. You need to purchase new Bluetooth 5.0 devices to get the most out of this Windows 10 stack.
Read: To check the Bluetooth version in Windows 10
New Bluetooth profiles supported in Windows 10 v1803
For a Bluetooth enabled device or accessory that works with your Windows 10 PC, the device must use one of the following supported Bluetooth profiles. For profiles supported by your Bluetooth device, refer to the documentation provided or visit the manufacturer’s website.
Windows 10 v1803 supports Bluetooth version 5.0 and the following Bluetooth user profiles :
- Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP 1.2)
- Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol Destination (AVCTP 1.4))
- Audio/video distribution transport protocol (AVDTP 1.2)
- Audio/video remote control profile (AVRCP 1.6.1)
- Battery service via GATT profile (1.0)
- Generic attribute Bluetooth LE (GATT) Client
- Generic attribute Bluetooth LE (GATT) Server
- Bluetooth network encapsulation protocol (BNEP 1.0))
- Device ID profile (DID 1.3)
- Device information service via GATT profile (DIS 1.1)
- Dial-up network profile (DUN 1.1)
- Generic access profile (GAP))
- General audio/video distribution profile (GAVDP 1.2)
- Hands-free profile (HFP 1.6)
- Paper cable replacement profile (HCRP 1.2))
- HID via GATT profile (HOGP 1.0)
- Human Interface Device (HID 1.1)
- Human Interface Service (HIDS))
- Interoperability (IOP)
- Logical connection control and adaptation protocol (L2CAP)
- Object thrust profile (OPP 1.1)
- Personal network user profile (PANU 1.0)
- RFCOMM (1.1.1 with TS 07.10))
- Scan Parameter Client profile via GATT profile (ScPP 2.1)
- Security Manager Protocol (SMP)
- Serial interface profile (SPP 1.2)
- Service detection protocol (SDP))
Profiles in bold are those that were updated in Windows 10 in the April update of Windows 10 v1803.
To find out if your PC supports Bluetooth radio for the 5.0 battery
You must use software such as Speccy to see if your existing device supports the Bluetooth 5.0 battery. The best way is to consult the data sheet online and see if Bluetooth 5.0 is mentioned. I guess not many people will have it yet.
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