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Sony Xperia & Bluetooth

asked 2017-10-13 21:51:18 +0300

JonnJonz gravatar image

updated 2018-04-04 23:28:24 +0300

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 +0300 )edit

right collect all answers

ljimonad4iks ( 2017-10-30 19:09:41 +0300 )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 +0300 )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 +0300 )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 +0300 )edit

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answered 2017-12-01 20:31:37 +0300

TomC gravatar image

Successfully played music from Xperia ( to the speakers on Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro via Bluetooth.

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answered 2017-10-15 02:22:54 +0300

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 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-10-15 07:26:16 +0300

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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 +0300

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updated 2017-10-17 00:55:48 +0300

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 +0300

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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 +0300 )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 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-10-15 12:47:49 +0300

Blackei gravatar image

Worked with sync3 (Ford). Was able to take calls, transfer contacts and dial by voice. I could play songs throu SF media player and go to next/last track, but it was not possible to browse in my music folders.

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Works also with Sync2 (Ford). I'm able to make phone calls and listen music, but The play/pause/next/prev doesn't work with Cutespot,

YellowMe ( 2018-02-15 20:46:15 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-10-15 15:49:26 +0300

hkth gravatar image

Sailfish X pairs with Subaru Forester XT (my15), basic phone funtions OK, can transfer contacts and make calls, SMS reports "not supported by connected device". Media player works, but does not show track titles on the car display.

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Did you update to 2.1.4? I also have a Subaru, but a Legacy, and updated yesterday to I tried to use the phone for a day, but one of the issues I ran into was the Bluetooth in my car. The car and the phone both show connected. The address book synced up as it should, but beyond that nothing worked.

Audible App only played through the phone speakers Outgoing phone calls only played through the phone speakers incoming phone calls only went to the phone, the car did not "ring" nor did the answered (using the handset) calls work.

I'm curious if this is something I am unique in seeing, or if this is more widespread, and perhaps something to do with the Subaru. Let me know what results you've seen

suspended ( 2018-03-08 07:56:28 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-10-16 09:17:37 +0300

vige gravatar image

Seems to work with Hyundai i30 (2016)

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answered 2017-10-16 12:47:06 +0300

fishandchips gravatar image

Paired with a el' cheapo Philips SHB6260 headphones and my Suzuki Vitara. The infotainment could detected my phone and displayed contacts and messages.

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answered 2017-10-16 13:43:06 +0300

LumoUkko gravatar image

Quick tested Opel Astra (2016). Transfer contacts, phone log work. Music work bluetooth but track name or other information missing car entertainment system. Call or answer not yet tested.

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