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

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Ahead of the release, we have come across a few rumors that hint at the upcoming features of the next Android OS. Only a little is known so far when it comes to the next iteration's feature, of which, two of the biggest once are- an overhauled Material Design interface; a support for atypical display which shall include the display notch.

According to xda-developers, Android P will include support for the Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Design) profile service, which would allow users to turn their phones into a mobile Bluetooth keyboard or mouse.

The feature was spotted back in 2016 in the development code of the Android Open Source Project, but Google did not enable it for some reason.

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Google is expected to drop the Android P Developer Preview version for Pixel devices sometime in mid-March. It was quite the breakthrough, but of course, seemingly never legitimized or supported by Google and the Android team. These functions are of use when it comes to voice calls or music streaming over the Bluetooth feature.

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. And app devs can't create apps which are capable of making use of this service to double the smartphone for input. There are root-enabled apps on the Play Store such as Bluetooth+ which patch the Bluetooth framework to enable HIDD, and when combined with another app such as True Mouse/KB, you can use your smartphone as an input device. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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