Android P will Include Bluetooth HID Device Profile Service to Smartphones

Isaac Cain
March 9, 2018

And, the latest of them is something that will allow you to use your smartphone as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse.

Requiring root to use this feature makes it hard for a vast majority of users. But soon in the future, it's possible that all Android devices will be able to do so too, according to online sources here and here, the next-in-line Android P could add that feature making the phone function as a keyboard or trackpad. While a patch for this was committed back in December 2016, it was disabled, but Android P will most likely enable it.

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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. The feature was found by an XDA Developer that was digging through the Android P and found two commits to the OS allows for Bluetooth HID. It was quite the breakthrough, but of course, seemingly never legitimized or supported by Google and the Android team.

Instead of having to go into the Bluetooth settings or use the Cast button in a music app, Google added a proper media output control to Android P. When the volume rocker is pressed, the new control shows up. This new feature is a step forward in expanding the inter-connectivity between the smartphone and other devices. The relevant APIs for developers are unhidden which closely gives us an idea that they can even take advantage of this particular functionality on the devices running Android P. Naturally, Google Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones will also be the first smartphones to get the Android P update.

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