Bluetooth On Chrome OS Now Supports Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Remember my previous post about Bluetooth support on Chrome OS? I told you all that there is a lot of activity going on around Bluetooth. There are features being included, and improved. Here is the newest addition.

François Beaufort reports that Bluetooth On Chrome OS Now Supports Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). A2DP according to Wikipedia is “This profile defines how high quality audio (stereo or mono) can be streamed from one device to another over a Bluetooth connection. For example, music can be streamed from a mobile phone, to a wireless headset, hearing aid & cochlear implant streamer, car audio, or from a laptop/desktop to a wireless headset.”

chromebook  Bluetooth On Chrome OS Now Supports Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

This obviously means that support for better quality bluetooth audio is coming to Chrome OS. But is Bluetooth that important on a laptop? Is Google getting lots of feedback about bluetooth support on Chromebooks because they are mostly mobile machines?

I think it is definitely user feedback, unless they have something else going on around, like Chrome OS to Android connections and Chrome OS to Google Glass connections, via Bluetooth!.

What do you think?

4 comments… add one

  • I am anxiously awaiting Bluetooth DUN on the Chromebook. It would be nice to tether my Samsung ARM Chromebook to my phone via Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi and greatly reduce the phone’s battery drain.

  • I travel with a Chromebook, a Nexus 7, and a Sound Kick BT portable speaker system. If Chrome OS supports BT, I can stop packing the tablet and still listen to music through decent speakers. I can barely stand to use headphones/earbuds. So, for me, BT music support on Chrome OS is a huge — and long overdue — development.

  • mike

    Not having bluetooth? Should we start rubbing sticks together for fire? Hanging meat using salt? It’s 2013. Catch up. No reason is acceptable for not having it.

  • Johannes

    This lookes like good things starting for me.
    I am using hearingaids (so I got my ears already filled up) but can use those as headphones/earbuds, prepared ther is A2DP support for the streamer that can connect them to various (bluetooth) sources.
    I use it all the time for handsfree calling, and would like to use it for hangouts too. (Skype is not an option)

    Questions:
    - This new support comes to my chromebook with the frequent unatetnded updates of chrome?
    - Am I right thinking a bluetooth phoneheadset (with mic) is still not supported?

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