Archive for the ‘Release’ Category.
This release contains various improvements to MAP and PBAP support. There are also various GATT related fixes. We’ve also got a fix for a race condition which could occasionally cause LE connection/pairing failures. The fix will work for kernels from 3.13 onward (for older kernels a proper fix isn’t really feasible).
The Android Lollipop (5.0) source code was released roughly a week ago, and we’re happy to announce that this is the first BlueZ version with initial support for it. We’ll be doing various improvements and fixes along with subsequent BlueZ releases but starting with 5.25 basic things are already working.
It’s also notable that PTS 5.3 is now fully supported with this release. All tests are either passing or errata has been filed for them (all of which is documented in android/pts-*.txt).
This release fixes a bug with frame length calculation for dual-channel mode operation. It also includes a fix for preventing an overflow of an internal frame length variable.
This release consists for the most part of cleanups and minor fixes, however there are some new additions too in the form of Phonebook Access Profile 1.2 and Message Access Profile 1.2 features. On the Android side we’ve got improved automated test coverage as well as several new Android system properties for Bluetooth customization.
This is mostly a bug-fix release with fixes for concurrent authorization attempts (for untrusted devices), HID, uHID, OBEX, MAP and AVRCP. We now also have better support for AVCTP/AVRCP decoding with btmon.
On the Android side a notable enhancement is the ability to take advantage of kernel whitelist support to enable LE passive scanning (something that’s available from Linux Kernel release 3.17 onward)..
This release contains several fixes to HID over GATT (HoG) as well as for AVRCP. Feature-wise there are a couple of notable additions debuting with the Linux kernel 3.17 release:
- BR/EDR whitelist support. Starting with Linux kernel 3.17 bluetoothd will no-longer set adapters to connectable by default. Instead, all configured remote devices are added to the kernel whitelist after which the kernel will enable page scanning but only accept connect requests from the whitelist. This effectively reduces the attack surface for unknown devices. When whitelist support is available the general connectable state now follows the discoverable state, meaning discoverable must be enabled for previously unknown devices to be able to connect to us.
- Proper LE passive scanning support. For kernels before 3.17 bluetoothd will use the Start/Stop Discovery commands to perform LE background scanning. This however uses LE active scanning which is both wasteful (causing unneeded Scan Requests) and can cause reconnection issues with devices using direct advertising (e.g. most LE mice). From kernel version 3.17 onward bluetoothd will use proper kernel-side passive scanning, making the background scanning both efficient and more interoperable. The kernel will even use the controller-side whitelist during scanning (if no Resolvable Private Addresses are present), saving even more power.
On the Android side there have been various fixes here and there, but the major areas of change are improved test coverage as well as full GATT over BR/EDR support.
Today is the day we celebrate our independence… from bluedroid This is the first BlueZ release that offers full feature parity as a drop-in replacement to what comes as part of Android by default. The biggest latest additions have been HID over GATT (HoG) and Health Device Profile (HDP) support. The development of the Android support is of course by no means over – we’ll continue improving it just like the rest of BlueZ – but the full set of features is now there. It’s also notable that for all of the supported features we have full qualification documentation, from needed PIXIT and PICS values to instructions on how to pass each test case with the PTS.
Besides Android related changes there are also fixes and other improvements throughout the tree. There were several HoG fixes to improve reconnections as well as fixes to bluetoothctl to allow using it for scripting.
An important detail of this release is that it supports several new features that are on their way to the 3.17 kernel (today testable e.g. with the bluetooth-next tree). Perhaps the most important one of these is LE passive scanning. When run on a kernel that supports it, instead of doing a kind of “fake” background scanning using the Start Discovery command, bluetoothd will now tell the kernel the relevant information and the kernel will then commence passive scanning for devices. This is particularly important since active scanning (triggered by Start Discovery) is both wasteful of resources and can cause interoperability issues with devices that use direct advertising (like several LE mice do).
For non-Android related parts this is mostly a bug-fix release with minor fixes here and there as well as improved handling of PS3 controllers.
On the Android side we’ve now got improved support for GATT, HoG (HID over GATT) and the Multi Profile Specification. There is now also support for the A2DP aptX codec (however due to licensing the codec itself is not part of the source tree).
A bit overdue, but very appropriate for the date, here is 5.19.
The release contains fixes to OBEX, AVRCP browsing, HID over GATT and handling of device unpaired events for dual-mode devices. There is also a fix to cleanly handle tools like bluetoothctl taking over the default agent role. Since there is no indication to the “normal” system default agent this would previously simply rob this property away without any way to know that this happened. From 5.19 onward bluetoothd maintains a stack of agents that have requested to be the default and will hand back the property to the next item in the stack when bluetoothctl (or some other tool) exits.
Besides these fixes we’ve got some new additions too:
- User space based HID host implementation (for BR/EDR), to complement the kernel-side implementation
- A reconnect-upon-linkloss policy for those profiles that need , such as HFP HF or an A2DP Sink. The list of remote UUIDs to try to reconnect to is also configurable through main.conf.
- SCO over HCI support for Android (by default Android is designed with SCO over PCM routing in mind)
- Audio quality control for Android
- Support for a new Low Energy-only mode on Android