Android 4.3 users reporting broken Bluetooth keyboard support

Android 4.3 may not have arrived with much in the way of big-name new features, but it did introduce the eagerly awaited support for low-power Bluetooth Smart accessories. By all accounts, this should have made Android Bluetooth support better than ever before, but as more and more users start upgrading to the new build, we’re hearing about a number of them who have discovered that their Bluetooth keyboards no longer function properly in Android 4.3.

The issue seems to manifest as users being able to successfully connect to and pair their keyboard with the Android device, but then keyboard input doesn’t register. In some cases it’s even weirder, and some keys work, while others don’t; for instance, maybe numbers will work, but not any letters or other characters. Despite these problems, other keyboards work without a hitch.

Reportedly, renaming system keyboard layout files can help alleviate this issue, but that’s a pretty hacky Band Aid for a problem that deserves a more permanent fix.

Have any of you with 4.3 and Bluetooth keyboards experienced this bug? Have you had any success with workarounds?

Source: AOSP 1, 2
Via: Android Police

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