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

A tipster claims first developer preview of Android P is 'targeting a mid-March release.'

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    • Android P tipped to add support for using phones as Bluetooth keyboard
    • The upcoming Android version suggest increasing integration of Google Assistant in apps

Android P Developer Preview seems to inch closer, as per a rumour mill. The successor to Google’s Android Oreo operating system supposedly referred as ‘Pistachio Ice Cream,’ its first Developer Preview is tipped to release in the coming weeks.

Previous reports suggested Android P could support ‘oddball display types,’ quite similar to those with a notch and a refresh Material design interface. XDA developers have now unearthed the upcoming Android version could also add support for ‘Bluetooth HID device’ profile service.

With the Human Interface Device (HID) Bluetooth profile implementation, it is said to let users connect their devices to computers over Bluetooth and allow input devices such as mice, keyboard etc. to function.

XDA folks digging the base build from AOSP (Android Open Source Project) notes Android, by default, doesn’t implement support for HID in ‘Bluetooth stack’. However, the report cites native support in AOSP, which seems to point out that devices running Android P can be used as input devices connected over Bluetooth.

Picture: Google Pixel 2
Picture: Google Pixel 2

Earlier, rumours revealed Android P will likely increase integration of Google’s voice-based assistant in apps. Further, it said to have ‘expanded security features’ that will prevent apps from accessing the camera.

XDA developers discovered this feature from AOSP commit ‘new rule-sets.’ The feature will typically avert idle background apps from accessing the camera & microphone and also prevent ‘malicious apps’ from taking photos saved on a device.

Further, folks at XDA claimed the upcoming Android OS will allow a carrier to hide signal strength and illustrate how they are displayed in the status bar.

While Google is yet to share a word about its next version of Android, prolific leaker Evan Blass claims that this year’s Android P first developer preview is ‘targeting a mid-March release.’