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BlueAnt Q1 device and app reads text messages through Bluetooth

March 22, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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BlueAnt Q1 device and app reads text messages through Bluetooth

The Bluetooth headset industry has produced a lot of players, but the BlueAnt Android application gives one company a unique feature to standout. BlueAnt Wireless, which produces the Q1 headset, has announced that it has paired the device with an Android 2.0 app for added control.

The Q1 Android app now makes it possible for users to listen to their text messages read aloud, which will prolong the hands-free experience. When someone receives a text message, the Q1 headset will notify that person that a message has been received. It will then read the sender’s phone number and the full text message using a text-to-speech engine.

BlueAnt also recently added A2DP to its Q1, which enables GPS navigation and audio streaming being piped into the headset via Bluetooth. The Q1 retails for $99, and can be enhanced by the free Android application. Android 2.0 or above is required in order for these features to work.

BlueAnt will make the app available April 1 in the Android Market and the MyBlueAnt website.