Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Android P embraces the notch as it kills the Nexus

Android P embraces the notch as it kills the Nexus

The Android P Pixel Launcher APK download is available now, and is able to be used on a number of Android smartphones.

One area of interest to developers is likely to be Kotlin, the programming language that a year ago was vaulted into first-class status by Google, along with Java, quickly gaining favor among Android's core development team along with the general Android dev community. Although, the Bluetooth HID profile concept has been around for a while, but Google never supported it until now.

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

The way this feature will work on Android P phones is quite simple - by using wireless Bluetooth technology.

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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. Android P will reportedly add support for a specialized Bluetooth profile called Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Device), which will allow users to turn their Android P-running smartphone into a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse. And app devs can't create apps which are capable of making use of this service to double the smartphone for input.

Beyond those high-level highlights, there are dozens of other new features and enhancements, ranging from security improvements to accessibility to a new Neural Networks API (introduced in Android 8.1) to accelerate on-device machine learning on Android. There are root-enabled apps on the Play Store such as Bluetooth+ which patch the Bluetooth framework to enable HIDD, and when combined with another app such as True Mouse/KB, you can use your smartphone as an input device.

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According to a new report from Ars Technica, the company released the first Android P preview to developers on Wednesday, but only provided access to developers rocking Pixel phones.

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