On a Meetup posting early this morning, HTC Developer Relations touts Bluetooth Low-Energy Profile and OpenGL ES 3 technology previews and demonstrations for Android, at an after-hours event scheduled around Google I/O, set to take place in two weeks.
BLE (Bluetooth Low-Energy) and OpenGL ES 3 are two well-expected features for Android “Key Lime Pie” – rumored to clock in either as Android 4.3 or 5.0, and are major advances in wireless and graphics subsystems for the world’s most popular smartphone operating system.
Defensively, when HTC’s Dario Laverde was asked about the new Android features, he responded “We’ll have some surprises in store – stay tuned.” Except these were supposed to be the surprises.
Bluetooth Low-Energy will allow Android to communicate in a standardized fashion with sensors that require constant, albeit, low-powered communications. Heartrate sensors, motion trackers, light switch controls, and other modular Bluetooth accessories will all now be possible for Android applications to interface with, with minimal impact on the battery power.
OpenGL ES 3 will upgrade the 3D graphics system of Android to be capable of competing with current-generation gaming consoles, albeit within the confines of mobile device horsepower. The graphics provides similar shaders and features as a compact version of DirectX 11, which is utilized in Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Support for OpenGL ES 3 will, also, for the first time give Google-powered devices a clear technical advantage over iPod touch, iPhone and iPad in gaming graphics.
Apple is likely expected to adopt OpenGL ES 3 with iPhone models set to be announced later this year.
PhoneNews.com will not be covering Google I/O, but our parent company will be making an announcement next week ahead of the show.
Update: Without mentioning our reporting, HTC’s Dario Laverde has retracted his previous Meetup comment, and replaced it with the following comment:
To clarify, we’ll have some surprises for the meeting but we’re not claiming unannounced new features here – we’ll be demoing features and APIs already available on HTC devices.
The HTC One has hardware support for OpenGL ES 3, but does not support it today. Sources at HTC’s chipset providers have affirmed that the next version of Android will allow HTC to offer a software update that enables the feature.