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

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

Huawei also allows you to use some of its phones as a trackpad in its own PC mode. But Android P could make the feature more mainstream by offering support for this feature on all future smartphones and also add the option to use the phone as a keyboard.

The publication writes that Android P, known internally as "Pistachio Ice Cream" at Google, will support the Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Device) profile, which allows a handset to function as a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard.

According to XDA, Android P, at least Developer Preview 1, breaks the ability to install custom overlays, which means Substratum can no longer work. That patch was committed in December of 2016, however the functionality remained disabled for subsequent Android releases. It was quite the breakthrough, but of course, seemingly never legitimized or supported by Google and the Android team. With this feature enabled, it will allow your phone to tell the device that your phone is connected to that your phone is a mouse, keyboard, joystick or more depending on the profile sent. A device will need to be running the latest version of Android, obviously, but being able to emulate a trackpad can be really nifty for things like Razer's Project Linda.

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Instead of having to go into the Bluetooth settings or use the Cast button in a music app, Google added a proper media output control to Android P. When the volume rocker is pressed, the new control shows up.

More details on Android P's features will be released at Google I/O 2018 in May. This new feature is a step forward in expanding the inter-connectivity between the smartphone and other devices.


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