Only Gizmodo readers/writers would get excited about a new Bluetooth standard, which is precisely why we went with the seldom seen exclamation point in the headline!
The Version 2.1 + EDR update will allow...
If you are wearing a headset, your phone should initially connect through a less complicated process that "reduces steps for the user". Surely they also mean...
Near Field Pairing (NFC)
Autopair two devices by holding them really close. Nice.
They claim that their 6-digit passkey is better than a 16-digit alphanumeric PINs and that intercepting transmissions is no more.
More Battery Life
(Through lower power consumption)...up to 5 times lower.
Full Backward Compatibility
I won't talk down to you (on this one).
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