Mouse and Keyboard control on the original Galaxy Tab

One of the most overlooked features of Android is native keyboard and mouse compatibility. The Galaxy Tab with it’s tablet class screen makes it a marquee device for the feature, and it’s incredibly simple to use. Upon pairing a Bluetooth mouse, you’ll see a traditional PC style cursor appear, and text input on a Bluetooth keyboard is no different than typing on a Mac or PC.

Before running out to purchase Bluetooth gear it is important to know what kind of Tab you own, as certain carrier’s Tab’s feature different Bluetooth profiles. As of June 2011, All GSM Tab’s (T-mobile, and AT&T) as well as Verizon’s CDMA Tab feature an Bluetooth Profile capable of generic mouse and keyboard support.

Once connected the experience is intuitive and PC like in nature. The general rule of using a mouse on Android is to think of the cursor as your finger hovering above the touch screen, clicking the the mouse is the same as touching the screen where the cursor is. To flip through home screens you simply left click and flick, and when browsing  the web most android browsers support scroll wheel functionality. Additionally, while i cant confirm this on all devices,  on my Verizon Galaxy Tab the Android back button is mapped to the left click which makes navigating the OS very simple from a mouse. I’ve even combined the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with my Samsung HDMI dock and a old PC monitor to create an android based desktop computer setup.  Win.

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  • Emailjohnq

    What about for the GT Wifi?? Anyone…

    • Nick

      As of now, word around the net is that the wifi only model doesn’t have the same Bluetooth HID support as the carrier Tabs, which is quite a pain. However there is hope, the Verizon Tab shipped without mouse and key support, and Samsung eventually gave it an update to fix. Hopefully they do the same here.

  • Nick

    As of now, word around the net is that the wifi only model doesn’t have the same Bluetooth HID support as the carrier Tabs, which is quite a pain. However there is hope, the Verizon Tab shipped without mouse and key support, and Samsung eventually gave it an update to fix. Hopefully they do the same here.

  • Gorga Naibaho

    This is very interesting. I am already using a bluetooth keyboard which works okay, aside from the lack of tactile feedback on the keys. Thanks for posting this! I am just wondering how much of battery drain I will have to expect.

  • Hectorlascano

    Hi, that exactly is what i want.

    Tanks, i’m going to market place right now.

  • Ben

    Which bluetooth mouse do you use for your Galaxy tab? The bluetooth mouse that I requires a port but the Galaxy tab doesn’t have a USB port.

  • Ben

    Which bluetooth mouse do you use for your Galaxy tab? The bluetooth
    mouse that I have requires a port but the Galaxy tab doesn’t have a USB port.