Android P will Include Bluetooth HID Device Profile Service to Smartphones

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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.

So far, we have heard that the new Android OS will come with support for iPhone X-like "notch" and it could also natively support Iris Scanner.

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According to xda-developers, Android P will include support for the Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Design) profile service, which would allow users to turn their phones into a mobile 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.

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XDA Developers also found that the Bluetooth HID interface has already been added to Android 8.1, which means that in time, phones like the Google Pixel 2 and other phones that are on the latest version of Oreo will be able to use this feature with apps that support it. 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. 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.

So what exactly does this all mean?

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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. These functions are of use when it comes to voice calls or music streaming over the Bluetooth feature. And app devs can't create apps which are capable of making use of this service to double the smartphone for input.

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