High-speed Bluetooth 3.0 coming soon

An upgrade to Bluetooth, boosting transfer speeds by a factor of nearly 20 for some devices, will be announced before the end of the month, according

An upgrade to Bluetooth, boosting transfer speeds by a factor of nearly 20 for some devices, will be announced before the end of the month, according to reports from Phone Scoop.

The Bluetooth 3.0 standard, set to be unveiled by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group on April 21, will allow a Bluetooth phone to 'borrow'  a 802.11 Wi-Fi connection on the same device.

This accelerates transfer rates from the 3Mbps maximum today to over 50Mbps, allow the movement of video files, music libraries and photo folders between compatible device within seconds.

Both devices will need to have Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi radios built-in to take advantage of the new speeds.

Bluetooth 3.0 also promises a new feature called Enhanced Power Control that reduces the likelihood of disconnects caused by actions such as putting a phone in a pocket or jacket.