Android P could turn your smartphone into a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse

Android P could turn your smartphone into a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse

This will allow users to use their smartphone as keyboard or mouse. Today, we're also confident that Android P will finally add support for the Bluetooth HID device profile service, which will allow for your smartphone to be used as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse.

The way this feature will work on Android P phones is quite simple - by using wireless Bluetooth technology. While a patch for this was committed back in December 2016, it was disabled, but Android P will most likely enable it.

Android, by default, does not support implementing Bluetooth HID, which means app developers can not create apps utilizing the service to enable your smartphone to be used as a keyboard or mouse input device.

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We confirmed ourselves that this Bluetooth HID profile has only recently been added, as a comparison of the supported Bluetooth profiles in Android 8.1 Oreo (branch oreo-mr1-release) versus the latest master shows that the boolean value enabling HIDD has been flipped to true.

Having said that, there are some root-enabled apps now available on Google Play Store that allow you to enable Bluetooth HID support and use you phones as a Bluetooth keyboard.

Android P will join the likes of both Samsung and Huawei, which have enabled similar capabilities in their most recent devices, including the Galaxy S9. The first smartphones to receive this feature is probably the next Google Pixel series this year, so we will just have to wait and see.

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According to the report, Android did not implement support for HID in the Bluetooth stack of the previous Android versions, making it hard for developers to enable the Bluetooth feature through third-party apps.

This feature might offer a way to control workplace presentations or could act as a media remote.

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