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PREVIEW: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 Bluetooth A2DP Profile
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 01.12.05 - 23:55:27 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 91326x
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Last week I wrote the first time about the next coming Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 and it's new Bluetooth features and the announced support for the Bluetooth A2DP Profile and today I had the chance to test it the first time!
What means A2DP for you? Basically it provides you Bluetooth stereo support for headsets which means you can listen your favorite music without any disturbing wires. That's cool and handy and in the future - I'm sure - we will see more and more car stereo devices which supports it as an input method as well which means as soon as you enter your car, your device will connects with your car stereo and you can continue listening your music on your car stereo!

So the question is how Microsoft has implemented A2DP in Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2. So far, the A2DP profile wasn't available on Windows Mobile devices except the Samsung SGH-i300 where Samsung added it on their own, with the help of a third party developer. But now, with AKU 2, A2DP will becomes a native feature of Windows Mobile 5.0 which means you can connect it with basically any A2DP-compliant device!

The Bluetooth connection wizard hasn't changed on the first sight and provides you an overview about all available Bluetooth devices around you:

Now select the headset/device you expect to support A2DP and enter - as you used to do before already - the Bluetooth PIN:

Now, the native Microsoft Bluetooth wizard provides you an overview which Bluetooth profiles both paired devices supports and surprise, surprise - there is a new profile called "Wireless Stereo":

Click Finish and recognize the new icon in the upper status-bar:

The already well-known headset icon but now with a note in between which indicates that the connected headset also supports A2DP. From now, every tone your Pocket PC does is transmitted to the headset and the device-speaker is muted.

If you open the Windows Media Player 10 Mobile now and playback a file (doesn't matter if it is a video- or audio-file), the sound is transferred to the headset and you can listen it wireless!

Final Conclusion

It really looks like Microsoft did everything right, at least as far as I can comment it after testing and playing with it for 30 minutes. Pairing is as easy as you can expect it and since it is completely integrated into the standard Bluetooth wizard, it works flawless. Also the devices recognize if the headset is switched of as well as it is switched on again.

Well done! Can hardly await the full roll-out for all Windows Mobile 5.0 devices early next year and please listen ODMs and carriers: please don't make the mistake to remove it even if you can remove AKU features. We, the customers and users want it, seriously!

Cheers ~ Arne

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