One of the least appreciated technologies of our time has got to be the Bluetooth protocol. Since its debut in 1994, it has enabled the development of all manner of wireless devices and apps. Most are familiar with Bluetooth as the technology behind wireless headsets used by millions around the world. To fully harness the awesome power of Bluetooth, you need a little software. Here are 5 exemplary Android apps to help you get the most from your Bluetooth headset.
SuperBlue Free Bluetooth Chat
If you spend a lot of time on the go and like to keep in touch with your contacts at the same time, SuperBlue Free Bluetooth Chat is the logical software choice. Once installed, it will allow you to use your Bluetooth headset to convert your speech to text with admirable accuracy. This spartan yet powerful app boasts support for emoticons, sounds and basic text formatting.
Bluetooth Explorer Lite
Managing files on a mobile device is always going to be a bit more tedious than it is on a PC or Mac laptop. Accessing files on a remote device is even more of a pain. Bluetooth Explorer Lite takes some of the hassle out of the process by enabling users to create, delete and transfer files and folders using nearly every Bluetooth headset on the market.
If you’re the type of person who has dozens of custom keyboard shortcuts defined on your home PC, then Headset Droid should be of interest to you. Simply put, it allows users to map actions to a Bluetooth headset’s various buttons. Without touching your Android phone, you can use Headset Droid to perform Tasker searches, launch programs, skip through audio tracks, change the volume or dial contact numbers.
DroidCamX Wireless Webcam Pro
Stand-alone webcams aren’t as popular as they used to be due to the fact that most laptops come equipped with them by default. However, there are plenty of older desktop PCs that lack built-in webcams. You can use your Android phone as a wireless webcam through the magic of DroidCamX Wireless Webcam Pro, a handy program that uses Bluetooth to stream video to your PC.
Bluetooth File Transfer
Those in need of a robust FTP and OPP client for Android need look no further than the superb Bluetooth File Transfer. Thanks to its rock-solid AES-256 encryption and aggressive security settings, users can manage file transfers between all manner of devices with total peace of mind. It can search within ZIP and TAR packages for files, display thumbnails of media files and compress files prior to transferring them.
Count On More to Come
Now that increasingly powerful mobile devices have achieved widespread adoption, we can expect to see further Bluetooth innovation as well. Though newer wireless technologies like NFC are getting all the press, Bluetooth is far more mature and secure. As a result, Bluetooth is the go-to standard for hardware and software developers who are looking to take wireless networking capabilities and performance to the next level.
Today’s feature contributor Jenny Wadlow is a freelance blogger. Music has always fascinated her and many of her articles focus on music related gadgets. She is currently working with www.headsetsonline.com.au , which deals in Bluetooth headsets. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.