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asked 2017-10-13 21:51:18 +0200

JonnJonz gravatar image

updated 2018-04-04 23:28:24 +0200

Jolla announced different information about the bluetooth functionality (from not available to will maybe works without garanty).

Hope that the user which are using the Sony Xperia X in conjunction with Sailfish OS can share their experience, think this is not only interesting for me :-) Mean functionality with bluetooth devices, car entertainment systems etc.

The bluetooth functionality from the Jolla C was unfortunately a mess (no sync of the telephone list with the car entertainment system, problems with music streaming with the car entertainment system, bluetooth speaker etc.) Got from Jolla unfortunately, after mentioning these problems in the past, the answer that the Jolla C is only a community device (don't expect that we will fix such topics in the future).

Many thanks in advance :-)

Update: Sailfish X up and running, unfortunaltely the description from Jolla is not that good resp. not detailed enough.

First check: My Nokia bluetooth speaker are working fine when I use the Jolla media app, can conncet both of them (stereo mode). Connecting itself was very fast in my case. Received app (can recommend it :-)) is working now.

Jolla C is also working fine, can tranfer information between the two phones.

BMW: Possible to connect, contacts were synced (names and numbers) which was not supported with the Jolla C, calls via the hands-free system is possible. So this issue is fare better than in conjunction with the Jolla C.

Unfortunately syncing music, independent if I use the Jolla media app or the app "Received" is not possible, no sound. In the settings Sailfish X is supporting 7 different profiles (Jolla 1 only 6), but with the Jolla 1 everything is running fine but not with the Xperia X :-(

Jolla please help!

Update II ( No changes, not working after the (EA) update. On top of that also the bluetooth of my Jolla 1 is not working anymore (see also here:

Update III ( --> solved

I had the possibility to test it with some other cars (and entertainment systems), think the results are independent from V13 or V14:

BMW 220D (manufacturing date January 2018): Possible to connect, sync telephone list incl. numbers, calls via the hands-free system were possible, music were routed via bluetooth

VW Passat (manufacturing date February 2018): Possible to connect, sync telephone list incl. numbers, calls via the hands-free system were possible, music were routed via bluetooth, strange behavior: possible to turn the volume down but not up :/ (only possible on the phone in both direction).

Maybe this is more an issue about the manufacturing date of the entertainment system and not an issue about the used car brand itself.

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michfu ( 2017-10-17 10:52:30 +0200 )edit

right collect all answers

ljimonad4iks ( 2017-10-30 19:09:41 +0200 )edit

HFT is not enabled in Sailfish Xperia X because of bluez5. See my answer somewhere down the road - I have posted also the profiles reported by Sailfish Xperia X and AquaFish.

Sailfish on AquaFish is bluez4 and HFT works.

Headset and Audio source and sink (a2dp) seem to work in bluez4 and bluez5. Perhaps not all devices but most.

There are issues with pairing, especially pairing older devices.

deloptes ( 2017-11-23 01:06:51 +0200 )edit

In my case the bluetooth implementation of the Jolla C is not working, with my BMW sync is possible but with no audio, no names (only telephone numbers) etc. Not sure what cause all the problems, Jolla gave never an answer regarding that issue. They aware of the problem but don't saw any reasons to fix that.

JonnJonz ( 2018-02-21 23:22:29 +0200 )edit

Try filling the "name" and "surname" fields in Prople, then check if names are shown. On the Alfa Giulia only entdies with names are shown, and the infotainment hardware is the same as BMW.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2018-02-21 23:33:03 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-10-13 23:12:47 +0200

AHT gravatar image

updated 2018-03-11 12:57:45 +0200

To put it briefly, Bluetooth in X worked perfectly when connected with Jolla1 and C-fied Aquafish to transfer files and contact information. Pairing with hands-free system of 2009 Toyota failed systematically.

Update: Finally got the hands-free working with X. Thanks goes to Pigg on "Bluetooth pairing between car and Jolla1...etc" thread. On 2009 Toyota Prius and Sailfish

  • Have some device with working connection listed in hands-free to get to the HF set up menu.

  • Go Set up -> Phone Set up on HF and set passkey to 0000.

  • Now the BT pairing between X and HF should go OK.

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answered 2017-10-14 00:07:54 +0200

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updated 2018-03-13 23:42:57 +0200

I paired successfully my Xperia with

1) my Soundmatters FoxL loudspeaker image description

2) my physical azerty keyboard image description

To be checked: car audio.

--EDIT-- Car audio OK (Garmin Nüvi)

--EDIT-- (again) Weird: Car audio was still OK with SFOS (keeping pairing established before) until I had to reflash my Xperia after a major patch accident. Now I still can peer Xperia and Nüvi, but the connection is unstable (lasts less than two seconds) and no audio link at all. Generally speaking, bluetooth usability is constantly worsening since Iijoki (March 2017).

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I paired and operate sucesfully X with Lumia 640 Jolla 1 Ford car audio

Paired but do not tranfered files Asus Transformer

To be checked BMW moto audio

orol ( 2017-10-14 11:50:46 +0200 )edit

where did you get your Xperia cover and mini bluetooth keyboard?? Looks great...

melg01 ( 2017-10-14 12:53:40 +0200 )edit

Thanks a lot!

melg01 ( 2017-10-15 13:16:42 +0200 )edit

@objectifnul: When you pair your BT keyboard and position the cursor in the text field, is it possible to hide the on-screen keyboard, or do you always see it? the TOHKBD had this possibility for Jolla 1...

bennypr0fane ( 2018-07-13 15:19:48 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-14 00:33:09 +0200

francisbbelisle gravatar image

Someone have try with Pebble watch?

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Yes works with rockpool. But no companion app is working :-( But this is also at J1, JC and AquaFish.

chris_bavaria ( 2017-10-14 03:00:31 +0200 )edit

Same for me, my Pebble Time works great with rockpool (as it did with my Jolla C). As with the other phones, remember to select the non-LE device when pairing since rockpool unfortunately don't have LE support.

ghling ( 2017-10-14 14:20:43 +0200 )edit

Pebble Time Steel also works for me with Rockpool. Same advice as @ghling: Use the non-LE device. ;)

Armadillo ( 2017-11-15 19:30:58 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-14 00:55:33 +0200

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updated 2017-10-16 12:17:12 +0200

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My Xperia X connects with my:

  • Jolla 1
  • Nokia n900 & n9
  • JBL Flip 3 (audio)
  • JBL headphones
  • AUDI A3 Dension Lite (audio playback and voice)
  • Parrot

Everything I need! I'm a happy guy!

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Do you have one or two JBL Flip 3 (stereo mode)? I have also two bluetooth loudspeaker, but when I connect both of them (stereo mode) with my Jolla C the sound is awful (with one device is ok). Not sure what caused the problem, seems to be a problem to transfer all the information. Works great with my Jolla 1.

JonnJonz ( 2017-10-14 13:55:46 +0200 )edit

No, I have just one Flip. But I did not have a problem with any bluetooth device, so I don't expect problems with 2. But not sure

JoJo ( 2017-10-14 22:05:04 +0200 )edit

Thanks for this answer. I tried to pair my Xperia X with my Jolla1, but it failed the first tries. No other phone found while searching. So I gave up.

But your answer gave me the incentive to do some more tries, with different variations ("Visibility: On" instead of "On (3 minutes)" and so on). And suddenly the smartphones found each other.

But pairing failed, so I tried this again several times in different variations: Started pairing from Jolla1, started pairing from Xperia X, ...

After about 10 to 20 tries, pairing the two phones, laying directly next to each other, succeeded, too. So I finally can send pictures from Jolla1 to Xperia X. :) But this whole process needs some more fixing to work more flawlessly. (At least it works in the end ;)

ralooyar ( 2017-10-29 22:28:52 +0200 )edit

paired with Sony WH-1000Xm2 ;)

ljimonad4iks ( 2017-10-30 19:03:29 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-14 12:28:29 +0200

MaxT gravatar image

updated 2017-10-16 22:38:26 +0200

My XperiaX pairs perfectly with OneplusOne, bluetooth Speaker and Jolla1.

UPDATE: Mercedes Radio Audio 20 needs to activate 'external authorisation'. Then the phone can find the car and they are able to pair. Phone connection works well and future pairing will be established automatically. (Thanks to mbpilotuser for the support)

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Mine will connect to the car, a Citroen C5 but will then timeout and disconnect after a couple of minutes. The Jolla 1 was always rock solid and never had any problems like that in the years I've had it.

toner_cloud ( 2017-10-14 17:19:49 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-14 12:44:49 +0200

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updated 2017-10-16 19:48:36 +0200

My Xperia X finds my UE Boom 2 speaker but fails to pair with it :-(

EDIT: after a few more tries, suddenly paired with my Boom and working fine, although some occasional glitches or jitter. Bluetooth may need some improvement, but at least it's basically working, that's more than I expected.

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Can you pair only one of them?

JonnJonz ( 2017-10-14 13:58:24 +0200 )edit

I also tried to connect my XperiaX to an UE Boom 2. Phone said the device is conected but the UE didn't confirm with that drumsound BUT as I played an audiofile the sound came from the UE. I am running official SailfishX and the UE Bopm 2 is on latest firmware.

Helge ( 2017-10-16 09:48:40 +0200 )edit

Same here. Connecting to UE Boom 2 worked after a few times. What really bothers me are the "glitches" (short lags about every 30 seconds when playing music). I hope this will improve. My Jolla 1 worked very well with the speaker.

SKD ( 2018-02-02 20:25:44 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-15 02:22:54 +0200

jabgoe gravatar image

bluetooth on the xperia detects and connects easily with my old jolla 1. my headset though (aukey) is not found. it can only become better.

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well, i have to admit that it does. i just forgot to pair it first ... :(

jabgoe ( 2017-10-20 16:42:33 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-15 07:26:16 +0200

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My Sailfish X pairs with my Mass Fidelity Relay just fine, that's the only thing I've tried. Use it to play music over coaxial to my Meridian/McIntosh setups.

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answered 2017-10-15 08:45:36 +0200

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updated 2017-10-17 00:55:48 +0200

Correction: For some reason and with persistent trying it finally saw tge Kinovo receiver. Xperia is able to stream to it, though the connections seems a little stuttering at first and discinnects after an hour or so, which could also be the Kinovo receiver or the mixcloud android app i use.

Tried to pair it with Kinivo HD high bluetooth receiver connected to my home stereo. No cigar. Aquafish worked fine even though it always disconnects after 5-10min the first time, then maintains connection.
Kinivo BTR200 Digital HD Bluetooth Audio Receiver - Supports NFC Pairing and Toslink Audio Output

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answered 2017-10-15 10:57:20 +0200

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I have been able to pair, make and receive voice calls with my BMW Active Tourer via bluetooth. Didn't try music reproduction though.


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I need to pair the device with a BMW 1 series hands free and music system. Which year is your activer tourer? Can you try to stream music to the sound system via Bluetooth, please?

reverendreverchon ( 2017-11-14 21:01:12 +0200 )edit

Running Kymijoki on phone. Xperia X pairs with BMW 5 series bluetooth phone, but it transfers contacts only once after reboot of the Xperia X. Second time connection is done, but no no contact information is transferred. When the Xperia X is rebooted contacts are transferred on the first connection, not any more after that. This phenomenon occurs randomly quite seldom also on Jolla 1.

sf_user ( 2017-11-21 13:29:40 +0200 )edit
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