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

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Some of the changes we know are coming is a revamped Material Design interface and support for atypical display types, for the iPhone copycats that are adding notches to their phones. The feature got its start back in 2014 when a member of Qualcomm's CodeAurora forums submitted a patch for Bluetooth HID. The feature was found by an XDA Developer that was digging through the Android P and found two commits to the OS allows for Bluetooth HID.

According to a report on XDADevelopers the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) profile has been enabled in the latest version of the Android.

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).

So what exactly does this all mean? It was quite the breakthrough, but of course, seemingly never legitimized or supported by Google and the Android team.

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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.

By default, Android (as in, the base build from the Android Open Source Project) does not implement support for HIDD in the Bluetooth stack. And app devs can't create apps which are capable of making use of this service to double the smartphone for input. As a result, users who wanted to use their phones as a mouse/keyboard had to use apps that required root. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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