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Connecting a USB keyboard to Jolla

asked 2015-02-09 18:10:11 +0200

JonasG gravatar image

updated 2015-02-09 19:13:00 +0200

Is it possible to connect a USB keyboard to the Jolla phone using a microUSB-to-USB adapter (e.g. one of these)? How about Bluetooth keyboards?

In response to the answer: USB OTG support would be nice on the Jolla tablet if it's not too late for that. In any case, I'd like to see it on the next-gen Jolla phone.

Having a Linux box with a proper terminal in my pocket at all times is a real killer-feature for me. I can ssh into my university's compute cluster on the go and submit jobs from anywhere. However, extended typing on the virtual keyboard is a real pain in the behind. USB keyboards are often handy, though.

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The upcoming tablet has USB OTG.

Okw ( 2015-03-11 23:07:45 +0200 )edit

Great news, glad to hear it.

JonasG ( 2015-03-11 23:20:33 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-02-09 19:02:01 +0200

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updated 2015-03-11 21:14:26 +0200

rainisto gravatar image

Unfortunately, USB OTG is not possible with the phone hardware (some pins are not connected). And while it may be possible in theory to get USB host mode by hacking the driver, AFAIK nobody has done that yet. But USB OTG is possible on the tablet side.

So you won't be able to connect an USB keyboard (or any other USB device) to the phone, no matter if it's micro-USB or normal USB.

A bluetooth keyboard however was on the todo-list at some stage, so either it already works, or it should at some point in the future. (I don't have a BT keyboard, so I don't know if it already does).

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A BLT one should be working by the time the tablet comes out. Might be really useful for some people.

andreibechet ( 2015-02-09 19:13:47 +0200 )edit

Thanks. I was hoping for a lack of software support. I edited the initial question to turn this into a feature request.

JonasG ( 2015-02-09 19:14:05 +0200 )edit

Just to confirm that Bluetooth keyboard works.

DrYak ( 2016-06-17 02:00:40 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-09 19:27:52 +0200

JirikL gravatar image

I have bluetotth keyboard and works. Another problem is, that I ordered keyboard with rubber keys :-(

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answered 2015-03-11 23:00:45 +0200

PatsJolla gravatar image

Maybe TOH Keyboard would be sth for you? TOHKBD

I'm also still thinking if i really need it or not...

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Waiting half a year for mine. I think it is worth it especialy coming from N900!

McCloud ( 2015-03-12 06:30:01 +0200 )edit
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