Bluetooth low energy development on Android has been frustrating, but this week provides a step change with the introduction of a standard GATT API on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Android application developers now have a single API for application development for Bluetooth Smart accessories that will be available across multiple manufacturers’ handsets. With Android accounting for up to 70% of smartphone sales in Europe and China, this creates a huge market expansion for accessory developers. CSR is committed to supporting Android developers – look out for example application code on CSR Support.
Getting Started with Bluetooth low energy on Android 4.3:
- Google Android API version 18 SDK
- Android developer GATT Client API Documentation
- CSR µEnergy Bluetooth Smart Development kit - test your application against a huge range of qualified profiles, and generate your own manufacturer specific profiles
- Get a deep understanding of Bluetooth Low Energy from a key spec contributor – Robin Heydon of CSR – with the Bluetooth Low Energy developers handbook
- EDN article – Android support and Bluetooth low energy accessory development
- Coming Soon from the Bluetooth SIG – Bluetooth Smart Android Application Accelerator - assisting developers of Bluetooth Smart applications for Android 4.3