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BLE Connectivity Architecture: The Ultimate Guide

BLE Connectivity Architecture: The Ultimate Guide

Introduction Building your first connected product is no easy task. There are many wireless networking protocols, each with its benefits and tradeoffs. However, if you're interested in widespread support, including iOS or Android devices in your network, the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol is the way to go. This Ultimate Guide to BLE Connectivity Architecture is primarily designed for engineers. Still, project managers and…

Mastering all 5 Kotlin Scope Functions

It should come as no surprise that our Android team here at Punch Through loves Kotlin, and that we strive to write idiomatic Kotlin, taking advantage of its unique language features whenever possible. Some common questions we get from newer team…
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Using Rx vs Delegates with CoreBluetooth

Reactive (or “Rx”) style programming is quickly becoming a popular design pattern in mobile development. What is it, and how does it compare to the tried-and-true delegation pattern? Should you be using Rx on your next mobile project? Follow…
Ultimate Guide to Apple's Core Bluetooth library

The Ultimate Guide to Apple’s Core Bluetooth

This article assumes you know the very basics of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and iOS programming (including the delegation pattern for asynchronous calls common to many iOS native APIs), and is meant as a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of…
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Creating a BLE Peripheral with BlueZ

While I’m fairly well-versed in working with BLE on an embedded device, I have so far had little experience with using BLE at a higher level. To help remedy this, I underwent the task of creating a BLE peripheral running a GATT server on a…
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Our 5 Favorite Kotlin Features

When Swift was released by Apple for iOS developers, Android developers were in awe and envious of this modern programming language that provides null-safety and an expressive yet concise syntax. Thankfully, the Android Studio 3.0 release in 2017…
Computer coding with Android and Bluetooth symbol - Android BLE tips

4 Tips to Make Android BLE Actually Work

Android development is hard, and it's no thanks to its relatively fragmented ecosystem and having a million OEM’s out there. Throw BLE—which is extremely hardware and Bluetooth spec. dependent!—into the mix and the platform's behavior becomes…
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Testing Bluetooth Low Energy Devices

Bluetooth Low Energy is a new Bluetooth standard that is exciting for a couple reasons- it enables very low power battery applications, and it further opens the smartphone accessory market. LightBlue allows you to test and simulate Bluetooth Low…