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How to use your Android phone as a PS3 Bluetooth keyboard

Thanks to an app that turns an Android phone into a more universal Bluetooth device, it is possible to control a PS3 with your Android phone as though it were a Bluetooth remote control. The connection allows the phone to be used as a virtual keyboard for entering text, and it even has a touchscreen trackpad for moving the cursor in the PS3's web browser.

The app, BlueputDroid, is in beta form right now, and is still a bit tricky to use, as the list of supported Android phones is not exhaustive, some of the phones require custom firmware and once you get the app installed, there are technical hoops to work through. A list of believed supported and unsupported devices can be found on XDA-developers.com, where the app was introduced. It also has details on how to download the app for those who own a compatible Android handset.

The independent developer has tested it out on the Nexus One, HTC Wildfire, and LG Optimus One - all with rooted firmwares. He was not able to get it working on the Optimus One.

BlueputDroid is the first app to allow a smartphone to pair up with the PS3 as an input device. There have been other Bluetooth apps for Android that more flexibility in syncing the phone to a computer, but this is the first working app for PS3 connectivity. If the dev can further refine the process and expand compatibility, we'll welcome the chance to use our phones to input PSN info or type in URLs - beats having a real keyboard tethered to your system, hm?

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Feb 28, 2011

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11 comments

  • zoigburn - June 24, 2012 1:34 a.m.

    too bad it's MALWARE: - tries to render third party interweb ads - tries to revert HOSTS to null size gay attempt to disable adblocking, assh*le this is how people are inspired to become crackers
  • zoigburn - June 22, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    Please mirror a copy of the free APK here
  • zoigburn - June 22, 2012 7 a.m.

    too bad it "requires" adding an evil-gmail account to use evil-google's malware-market here's hoping it's open sourced soon so privacy/security minded may use it without having to liberate it from another phone @Booch, no, wifi in general sucks. When wired-ethernet, like every other device, it's grand
  • zoigburn - June 22, 2012 7:30 a.m.

    if rooted you *NEED* PDroid. Find it at XDA forums
  • DasavageJ - March 1, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    In case anyone was wondering there is a similar app for iPhone called WeBe++. Also, I don't think anyone would really use this for the browser, but it's nice for typing PSN messages.
  • Boochers823 - March 1, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Yeah, browser, sorry bout that. btw, i'm a girl.
  • michaelkaramas - March 1, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    @ ^ i believe he meant the browser...and while hes right...at least we have one
  • IMayBeDumbButImNotStupidEnoughToGet14ZeldaTattoos - March 1, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    @boochers823 The ps3 uses the exact same internet as the rest of us.
  • beezn - March 1, 2011 2:01 a.m.

    didn't work with my rooted Evo 4G
  • BudokaZ - March 1, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    Oh man I remember trying to find a way to hook up my Android phone as a PS3 headset about 18 months ago. Will look out for this one in the future.
  • Boochers823 - March 1, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    Too bad PS3's internet sucks. reCAPTCHA: icupp 102

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