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BlueAnt Q1 Receives Firmware Update Which Enables A2DP Audio Streaming

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One of our favorite Bluetooth headsets, the BlueAnt Q1, has just gotten an major firmware update that enables A2DP audio streaming along with some other fixes and small functions.

  • The Q1 now includes A2DP audio streaming, so you can listen to music, podcasts, and hear turn-by-turn direction information from a phone GPS application. If your phone or GPS application supports A2DP simply start playing music or launch the GPS application and the audio will automatically transfer to the Q1.
  • In response to customer feedback BlueAnt made it even easier to end a call: now you end calls with a single click of the BlueAnt button.
  • Double-clicking the BlueAnt button during a call now switches between Voice Isolation Standard and Max.

The update process for your Q1 headset to firmware version 8.19 is a quick and painless. Simply head on over to BlueAnt's website, download the updater tool, and following the directions. The update currently can only be done on Windows machines with an Mac update tool coming soon.

Footnote: 
[via WMExperts]

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jspraggins75 says:

The new update is cool! My only complaint is that the speed-dial function doesn't work from my Q1 anymore. It says it's dialing whatever speed-dial number I call, but it never dials. Other than that, the streaming function works great! Text and email notifications can be heard through the headset as well.

Aharris says:

I SO wish I could just listen to a podcast on my Plantronics.

Eric says:

@PJ - I have the same problem: A2DP is great, but the update totally broke voice dialing. I called BlueAnt support but they will not acknowledge the problem (yet). Hope the next update fixes it. Soon.
Anyone have a Q1 with 8.19 firmware that is still able to voice dial?
For the record, I have a jailbroken iPhone 3G with 3.1.2 firmware.

Mattheous says:

This update seals the deal--I am getting this instead of the Jawbome PRIME.

mophile says:

Doesn't seem to work on my iPhone with 3.0.1; does work on my buddy's iPhone with 3.1.2.

iphone4idiots says:

@Eric & @PJ I just got one on Ebay and its working great, but the speed dial isn't working at all. Any ideas on this. I have a jailbroken 3G on 3.1.2. My Q1 is 8.15.
Thanks

Chris says:

For those with speed dial problems, the firmware update clears those out, you just have to reset them up...

iphone4idiots says:

@Chris is correct. I have a jailbroken iPhone 3G. I got a blueant Q1 on Ebay that was on 8.15. After I upgraded to 8.19 the speed dial started working fine.

Les says:

Latest Q1 firmware works fine with my jailbroken 3G.
The TomTom car dock app (not the nav program but the free app from TomTom) broke the speed dialing. I removed the app and voice speed dial worked again.

said says:

@iphone4idiots...how u upgraded it.so it could speed dial...my q1is 3.15 but isigned up to registered it at bleantwireless.com but nothing that says to upgraded...help me man just gat my q1.....

Druce says:

To all, firmware 8.19 works flawlessly with my jailbroken phone (speed dial and all). The secret is, after updating the firmware, delete the pairing off of your iPhone, reboot your iPhone and setup everything as new. That fixed my speed dial problem, and A2DP is great. As far as I can tell, there is nothing wrong with Jailbroken phones.

Darren says:

Druce is right. Delete the pairing on your iphone after updating, reboot the iphone, re-pair and your all set. My voice dial and A2DP works great and I'm using a jailbroken 3GS

Mike says:

i have a 64 bit windows vista anyway i can update my Q1 T0 8.19 KEEP GETTING ERROR MESSAGE 1017 & 35 fAILED

brujogarza says:

i, also on vistas 6 bit and i am receiving an error code. i have the q1 was paired to my 3GS until I deleted it for firmware. i can no longer even turn on my Q1! help!

rodriguezgarzasalazar says:

help i keep getting update fail device not recognized?

brujogarza says:

Please note that:
* This Updater software works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (32 bit versions only).
* We are currently developing a version of the Updater for Apple Mac OS X (10.5+) users, and a version for 64 bit Windows. These versions will be available for download from this website as soon as they are ready.
* When the Updater prompts you to connect your Q1 to your computer, use a USB port that is directly attached to your PC. The Updater will not work if you connect your Q1 through a USB hub.
* You may also need to turn off Bluetooth on your computer in order to complete the update.
* If you have already downloaded and installed the updater software, you do not need to download it again to get the latest firmware on your Q1: just run the updater again and you will be updated to the latest firmware version.

Download

brujogarza says:

Please note that: * This Updater software works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (32 bit versions only).
* When the Updater prompts you to connect your Q1 to your computer, use a USB port that is directly attached to your PC. The Updater will not work if you connect your Q1 through a USB hub.

brujogarza says:

32 bit version only! WTF I paid huge sums for this thing,the least they could do is repay with their firmware being updated,not antiquated! My 3GS is slowly suffering :(

Wallhack Download says:

Yo, just felt I should say that this website is awesome!I've bookmarked it so I can keep up with updates :D

jeff says:

I started the firmware update...the program froze, and now my q1 will not reconnect or even turn on...anyone have any thoughts on this
32bit win 7

antonio says:

Hi, I recently got this BlueAntQ1 bluetooth device. It connects and works perfectly with my cell phone. But I would like to know if it's possible to connect it to my computer that has bluetooth.
I would like to use the BlueAntQ1 to listen to whatever is on my computer (music and skype calls) and to talk on skype,
messenger...
Is it possible to do that?

Josh says:

Same story as Jeff -- firmware update bricked my Q1. /So/ pissed with BlueAnt right now.

Erik J. Barzeski says:

Ditto. Bricked here as well. Just sent a support request. Will see what happens...

Drew says:

Does anyone have a link to the updater that isn't on blueant's site? For some stupid reason they took it down and now try to email it to you (10mb) and shockingly it never arrives.

J says:

WHEN IS THE MAC UPDATER COMING???? ITS BEEN A YEAR!!!!!

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EPSONDRUCKERPATRONE says:

Every thing in this world is very tough to get and the competition for getting the things has become very much tough.

Eric Cheng says:

I think they've stopped the firmware link on their site. http://myblueant.com/q1/firmware.php is no longer sending me to the Q1 page. It keeps fowarding me to the Q2 page.

Victor-barajas@sbcglobal.net says:

This fucking assholes don't have any support to any new computer it only let's you download to a windows 32b. It's been more than a year and thoses assholes can update they fucking software, to 64b. Or Mac . Don't get any products from this ass.

Victor-barajas@sbcglobal.net says:

This fucking assholes don't have any support to any new computer it only let's you download to a windows 32b. It's been more than a year and thoses assholes can update they fucking software, to 64b. Or Mac . Don't get any products from this ass.

Victor-barajas@sbcglobal.net says:

This fucking assholes don't have any support to any new computer it only let's you download to a windows 32b. It's been more than a year and thoses assholes can update they fucking software, to 64b. Or Mac . Don't get any products from this ass.

Bridgett Jephson says:

Nice article, but you say that this was Lifehacker's idea. In fact, they got it from Right Now In Tech, which is my blog.