Android – Finding out Android Bluetooth LE GATT Profiles


I've implemented the Android LE bluetooth example that find a heart rate monitor and connects to it. However, this example has a class that defines the GATT profile like this:

 private static HashMap<String, String> attributes = new HashMap();
public static String HEART_RATE_MEASUREMENT = "00002a37-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb";
public static String CLIENT_CHARACTERISTIC_CONFIG = "00002902-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb";

static {
    // Sample Services.
    attributes.put("0000180d-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb", "Heart Rate Service");
    attributes.put("0000180a-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb", "Device Information Service");
    // Sample Characteristics.
    attributes.put(HEART_RATE_MEASUREMENT, "Heart Rate Measurement");
    attributes.put("00002a29-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb", "Manufacturer Name String");

public static String lookup(String uuid, String defaultName) {
    String name = attributes.get(uuid);
    return name == null ? defaultName : name;

Now, what I'm wanting to do is change it so that this program finds any device with bluetooth le but I have no idea how Google have gotten the information for the heart rate measurement of the client characteristic config.

Best Solution

The Bluetooth SIG maintains a list of "Assigned Numbers" that includes those UUIDs found in the sample app:

Although UUIDs are 128 bits in length, the assigned numbers for Bluetooth LE are listed as 16 bit hex values because the lower 96 bits are consistent across a class of attributes.

For example, all BLE characteristic UUIDs are of the form:


The assigned number for the Heart Rate Measurement characteristic UUID is listed as 0x2A37, which is how the developer of the sample code could arrive at:

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