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

Cesar Mills
March 9, 2018

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.

What do you think of using your smartphone as a wireless keyboard and mouse?

The two important features that are expected to be coming with Android P (referred internally at Google as "Pistachio Ice Cream") are revamped Material Design interface and support for atypical display types.

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Android P may bring official support for this and even add the option of using the phone as a keyboard.

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.

According to a report on XDADevelopers the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) profile has been enabled in the latest version of the Android. 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. It was quite the breakthrough, but of course, seemingly never legitimized or supported by Google and the Android team. Once the Bluetooth HID feature is enabled, developers will be able to include the feature into their apps, which will allow your smartphone to be used as an input device for a laptop, desktop, or tablet. That means app developers can not create apps utilizing the service to enable your smartphone to be used as a basic keyboard/mouse input device. With the Substratum theme engine app installed plus a necessary add-on app straight from Google Play, users could apply downloadable themes to almost their entire phone all without the need for root access.

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