Android P will Include Bluetooth HID Device Profile Service to Smartphones

With the Nexus and Pixel C gone the first-gen Pixel smartphones are next-in-line for being kicked out of Google's Android OS update policy

With the Nexus and Pixel C gone the first-gen Pixel smartphones are next-in-line for being kicked out of Google's Android OS update policy

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

Android P may bring official support for this and even add the option of using the phone as a keyboard. While a patch for this was committed back in December 2016, it was disabled, but Android P will most likely enable it. However, the service has now been enabled (as per the new commits) and the APIs (Application Programming Interface) for developers have also been unhidden, meaning they can create apps that work on Bluetooth HID profile.

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XDA Developers reports that Android P will include Bluetooth HID profile service to all smartphones.

Google is expected to drop the Android P Developer Preview version for Pixel devices sometime in mid-March.

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So what exactly does this all mean?

Reports also shed lights on the fact that if your smartphone is enabled with the Bluetooth Profiles support, it would be able to function as a Hands-Free Profile (HFP) and Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). 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.

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By default, Android (as in, the base build from the Android Open Source Project) does not implement support for HIDD in the 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+. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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