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Android P will Include Bluetooth HID Device Profile Service to Smartphones

Android P will Include Bluetooth HID Device Profile Service to Smartphones

While we think there is a good chance that the first developer preview of it may arrive this month (because Android O's first developer preview did last year), we don't know how Google is going to sell this. Then, at Google I/O 2018, Google should further elaborate on the major features of Android P. 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.

Companies like Samsung and Huawei have already shown us how smartphones can be connected to a computer and used as a mobile workstation, and while this new Android P feature may not be as great as what these companies have to offer, it still won't be bound by an specific ecosystem (as in their case). While Google had added the code back in 2016 itself, it was never enabled.

What do you think of using your smartphone as a wireless keyboard and mouse? Despite that, the feature was disabled on Android releases up through now; it will finally become enabled on Android P after a second commit was posted.

With Bluetooth Profiles support enabled, your smartphone can function as a HFP (Hands-Free Profile) and A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). And app devs can't create apps which are capable of making use of this service to double the smartphone for input.

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.

As of default, the Android OS is capable of supporting the implementation of HID in Bluetooth stack. If one wishes to get the functionality and use them on the smartphone, one can download the root-enabled apps which are available on the Google Play Store, of which our recommendation goes for True Mouse/KB or Bluetooth+. Huawei also allows you to use some of its phones as a trackpad in its own PC mode.

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