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BlackBerry PlayBook Officially Supports Bluetooth Keyboards & Mice – Headphones Coming Soon!

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We have seen from quite a few sources that the BlackBerry PlayBook supports Bluetooth keyboards and mice. This is a pretty cool feature since it means there are a plethora of Bluetooth devices that will work with it. Josep pointed out to us that RIM has even published a knowledge base article confirming the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support and even details how to set it up. Let us know if you find a solid keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The only annoyance I have found with the PlayBook Bluetooth support currently is that it does not support Bluetooth headsets or headphones. For me I use the A2DP Bluetooth Stereo Headphone profile all day from my Torch to listen to Slacker Radio. On the PlayBook that is currently not possible even in the latest .1710 OS build. One of our readers, Devin, confirmed this with RIMs tech support.

I looped back to a good friend of mine at RIM and they told me they have confirmation that RIM is working on A2DP to be released soon. They don’t have a timeline yet but it will be coming soon! I tried my Macbook along with a few other accessories I have to see if I could find anything else that would work with the PlayBook and did not have any luck. Let us know if you find anything.

Back to the Keyboard and Mouse support here is what RIM had to say about it:

The BlackBerry® PlayBook™ supports the use of a wireless mouse and keyboard. It utilizes the Bluetooth functionality and connects in a similar fashion as a Windows or Mac based PC.

To pair your wireless keyboard, complete the following steps:

  1. On the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ navigate to the Settings screen by clicking the gear icon on the top right corner of the screen. Alternatively you can swipe from top to bottom on the PlayBook to display the Settings menu.
  2. Select Bluetooth
  3. Ensure Bluetooth Connectivity is set to On
  4. Select Add New Device
  5. Select Search
  6. Select your wireless keyboard from the search list.
  7. Enter the passkey for your wireless keyboard (This is usually 0000 but consult your wireless keyboard instruction manual for the correct passkey)
  8. Once you see your wireless keyboard under the "Pair Devices" section with a green double arrow, this indicates the device is connected and ready for use.

To pair your wireless mouse, complete the following steps:

  1. On the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ navigate to the Settings screen by clicking the gear icon on the top right corner of the screen. Alternatively you can swipe from top to bottom on the PlayBook to display the Settings menu.
  2. Select Bluetooth
  3. Ensure Bluetooth Connectivity is set to On
  4. Select Add New Device
  5. Select Search
  6. Select your wireless mouse from the search list.
  7. Enter the passkey for your wireless mouse (This is usually 0000 but consult your wireless keyboard instruction manual for the correct passkey)
  8. Once you see your wireless mouse under the "Pair Devices" section with a green double arrow, this indicates the device is connected and ready for use.
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  1. Has anyone been able to use Bluetooth tethering with a Torch yet? I’d like to try to get that working..

    Thanks!

  2. I use a Jawbone Era with my Torch and I haven’t been able to get it working with the PB yet. I have also noticed that when I’m in bridge mode, there seems to be some inbound static on the headset, but no one has complained on their end. Hopefully this will also be fixed when they update.

  3. It would be good idea if the bridge worked the other way as well – allowing thre user to control the PlayBook using their PlayBook.

  4. So if you are bridged through your smartphone, you can browse the browser through the playbook right? No WiFi way. Just to understand…

  5. That’s what I thought. Sorry. Reading back I misread what Ronen put. Thought it’s said BIS could only look at corporate. Lol. Good thing it’s friday!

  6. Nice! Ronen thanks for the info

  7. Will this also work with a keyboard/touchpad combo?

  8. anyone having problems with intermittent disconnecting when using bluetooth? The only bluetooth device that I use is my keyboard, and it works fine on my computer; however, when I connect to my playbook it cuts in and out.

  9. Yes. I have had dropped BT connections on my headset (whether I’m using the Jabra Icon or the Blue Ant Q2), and it seems to be exacerbated when I get in my car which has BT sync also. Its not a big deal, but I wonder how well a BT keyboard will work.

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