Android P will reportedly turn your smartphone into a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse

Google is expected to roll out the Android P Developer Preview version sometime around mid-March.

  • Published: March 7, 2018 12:54 PM IST

Google is expected to drop the Android P Developer Preview version for Pixel devices sometime in mid-March. Ahead of the release, we have come across a few rumors that hint at the upcoming features of the next Android OS. 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.

Now, according to the latest report on XDA-Developers (courtesy of senior member 500 Internal Server Error), Android P will add support for Bluetooth HID profile service. While a patch for this was committed back in December 2016, it was disabled, but Android P will most likely enable it. This will allow users to use their smartphone as keyboard or mouse.

Once the Bluetooth HID feature is enabled, developers will be able to incorporate the feature into their apps, allowing your smartphone to be used as a PC input device. While Google has not confirmed it, we will know more when the Android P Developer Preview 1 is rolled out. Rumors hint that it will be released on Pi Day, next week. At Google I/O 2018, Google could further elaborate the major features of Android P.

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. For improved security, Android P may also block idle apps from accessing the camera and microphone.

Earlier reports also hinted that Google may allow telecom operators to hide signal strength in settings, and define LTE signal bars. What’s more, the new Android OS may also support native call recording feature. Now, it remains to be seen how many of the rumoured features will make its way to Android P.

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  • Published Date: March 7, 2018 12:54 PM IST