Date: 2016-07-08 08:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
They probably added application-level encryption because:

a) Bluetooth pairing is horribly broken (except the Numeric Comparison method of BLE 4.2).

b) The actual user experience of pairing is horrible. For example for Passkey Entry (i.e. a PIN) on Android you get a "Pairing request" notification when you try to pair. There's no way to integrate that UI into your app.

On the other hand it sounds like their encryption is also horribly broken too.
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