Android P will Include Bluetooth HID Device Profile Service to Smartphones

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As a matter of fact, numerous new features Google is highlighting in Android P are, dare we say, a bit boring.

Android P will include support for Bluetooth HID, allowing certain devices to be used as a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, as well as a revamped Material Design interface. Android P will reportedly add support for a specialized Bluetooth profile called Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Device), which will allow users to turn their Android P-running smartphone into 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.

According to the report, Android did not implement support for HID in the Bluetooth stack of the previous Android versions, making it hard for developers to enable the Bluetooth feature through third-party apps.

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Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2 are likely to be the few of the first devices to get the Android P update and access to the new features.

Having said that, there are some root-enabled apps now available on Google Play Store that allow you to enable Bluetooth HID support and use you phones as a Bluetooth keyboard.

The feature will allow you to use your phone as a trackpad, a joystick or a method of controlling other smart devices in your home via Bluetooth, the xda-developers report noted.

As it stands in Android Oreo, Autofill only works by default within apps. 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. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.