Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

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

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

As a matter of fact, numerous new features Google is highlighting in Android P are, dare we say, a bit boring. Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 comes with DeX support that allows you to use your smartphone as a trackpad, and you can even hook up a monitor and a keyboard to transform it onto a PC. A patch for this was committed back in December 2016, but has been disabled. This will allow your Android P powered handset to be used as a QWERTY keyboard or mouse using Bluetooth.

XDA Developers then confirmed the existence of this new Bluetooth HID source code.

Android P Developer Preview is just around the corner, we can expect some nice changes that will come to the Android platform and some design changes as well.

One other bit about Quick Settings in the Android P Developer Preview is that you can now scroll down to see all of the available icons when the menu is fully open, rather than having to go through pages to see all of them. 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.

Earlier reports also hinted that Google may allow telecom operators to hide signal strength in settings, and define LTE signal bars. 2018 may turn out to be a year of refinement for both of the world's top mobile platforms though, because Apple is also rumored to be shifting focus in iOS 12 away from exciting new features so that it can work on improving stability and performance. Now, it remains to be seen how numerous rumoured features will make its way to Android P.

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