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Android P to make your phone a Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse

Android P to make your phone a Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse

Some of the changes we know are coming is a revamped Material Design interface and support for atypical display types, for the iPhone copycats that are adding notches to their phones. According to XDA-Developers, one of these will be the ability to turn your phone into a Bluetooth input device so it can be used as a wireless keyboard or mouse. While a patch for this was committed back in December 2016, it was disabled, but Android P will most likely enable it.

Now, a report by XDA Developers hints that Android P will add the Bluetooth HID device profile service to your smartphone. Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2 will be few of the first devices to get the Android P update and access to the new features.

So what exactly does this all mean? There's been talk about Bluetooth HID support for a few years now, but Google never supported the profile.

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The publication writes that Android P, known internally as "Pistachio Ice Cream" at Google, will support the Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Device) profile, which allows a handset to function as a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard. You might be familiar with some of the more common ones, such as the Hands-Free Profile (HFP) and Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), which are typically used for voice calls and music streaming respectively.

By default, Android (as in, the base build from the Android Open Source Project) does not implement support for HIDD in the Bluetooth stack. It is said that the smartphone can be doubled as a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard with this new OS version.

With this support, developers can use mobile devices running Android P to input information via Bluetooth. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.