Android P adds support for using your phone as a Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 10:30
android pWe’re nearing the launch date of the first Android P Developer Preview, according to rumors. Little is known about the upcoming release in terms of user-facing features, though we’ve done our best to catalog all of the bits and pieces we’ve been able to find. The two biggest rumored changes coming to Android P include support for atypical display types (such as those with a ‘notch‘) and a revamped Material Design interface. 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. Back in 2014, a patch was submitted by a member of Qualcomm’s CodeAurora forums that adds support for the Bluetooth HID device role. That patch was committed in December of 2016, however, the functionality remained disabled for subsequent Android releases. That appears to be changing with the release of Android P as we were sent a tip by XDA Member 500 Internal Server Error that two commits finally enable Bluetooth HID. 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. Get up to date and download the apk at OUR FORUM.