For 20 years since its inception and introduction to the world, Bluetooth technology has had various upgrades. However, none of the technology’s additions in its 20 year history can measure up to what’s about to happen now.

Introducing Bluetooth LE Audio

During the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas recently, the companies responsible for defining the Bluetooth standard introduced a new and rather radical upgrade of the technology. The current standard is called Bluetooth Classic. The new upgrade is dubbed Bluetooth LE Audio – or Bluetooth Low Energy Audio.

Bluetooth logo

Basically, Bluetooth LE Audio comes packed with effective functionalities for high audio quality, the capability to allow users to stream audio across various technologies and devices, as well a better grasp in terms of hearing aids. In addition, the new system will make the batteries of the streaming gadget used to last much longer than the current power limits.

Old Vs New

Since Bluetooth LE Audio functions on a different signal to the old Bluetooth Classic, it makes it possible for the new technology to accommodate new features. One of the new features included is the multi-stream audio capability that allows multiple users to stream from the same audio source. Also, it allows for a small concert or venue to broadcast audio or music to anyone with compatible Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

Bluetooth headphones

The old Bluetooth Classic didn’t feature support for hearing aids, but that’s about to change as the new Bluetooth LE Audio hits the market packed with functional and proven support for hearing aids. With Bluetooth LE Audio, people wearing hearing aids will get to enjoy music as fairly as anyone else. Considering that there has been an increase in the number of people with hearing loss, it’s fair to note that the new Bluetooth LE Audio is, by all means, socially inclusive.

Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids

Some Bad News

The new Bluetooth LE Audio system is pretty revolutionary, but it comes at a cost. For one, people using old headphones won’t have access to the technology because the old hardware is not supported. That’s because the LE Audio system is also not designed to be updated via software upgrades, meaning that anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of the new Bluetooth LE Audio technology will have to source for new hardware with updates. The new hardware is set for release sometime in 2020.