If you have a Playstation 3 and have ever surfed the web or chatted with a gaming buddy, you may already be familiar with one of the most annoying text entry systems known to mankind. Pushing a directional pad (or joystick) to select letters may have been fun when entering the Super Macho Man code in Mike Tyson's Punchout, but this isn't 1987, and you expect an easier method of typing. Of course, Sony (and third party vendors) will be happy to sell you a pricey keyboard peripheral, but do you really want to buy yet another accessory for your gaming console? A clever developer has something up his sleeve that may save you some annoyance soon with PS3 input app BlueputDroid.

Still an early build that is only working on some phones, the app (by berserker_devel) now has a beta release in the market. It isn't particularly user-friendly at this point, requiring a myriad of setup steps that could very well cancel out any added convenience, but this could be a project to keep an eye on.

Currently supported phones include:

  • Google Nexus One
  • Google Nexus S
  • Motorola Milestone
  • Motorola Cliq
  • Motorola Cliq XT
  • Motorola Droid X
  • SonyEricsson Xperia X10
  • Archos 5 Internet Tablet
  • Dell Streak
  • T-Mobile G2
  • Acer Liquid (only on Android 2.1+)
  • Motorola Droid (only with custom firmware, like Cyanogenmod)
  • HTC Hero (only with custom firmware, like DarchDroid or FroydVillain)
  • HTC Eris (only with custom firmware, like Cyanogenmod)
  • HTC Desire/HD (only with custom firmware, like Cyanogenmod)
  • HTC Incredible (only with custom firmware, like IncDoes)
  • HTC HD2 (only with custom firmware, like Amelia X6 HD2Froyo)
  • Samsung Galaxy Spica (only with custom firmware, like Cyanogenmod)
  • T-Mobile G1 (only with custom firmware, like Cyanogenmod)
  • HTC Touch HD (originally WinMo device, works only with Android firmware, like Cyanogenmod/Neopeek)

The beta can be found in the Market for the low price of free, but it is also advised to hit up the developer's thread for full instructions.

Note: According to Market comments, the app doesn't work if you have ad blockers installed - in fact, most of the 1-star comments were left for that reason alone. While we neither approve such requirements nor ad blockers in the first place, the unfortunate part here is that some of the affected people are not even running ad blockers.

Download BlueputDroid

Source: xda-developers

Will Shanklin
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  • PeanutButterChicken

    "Of course, Sony (and third party vendors) will be happy to sell you a pricey keyboard peripheral, but do you really want to buy yet another accessory for your gaming console?"

    Wait, what? What the hell are you talking about? The PS3 works just fine with any USB or Bluetooth mouse/keyboard that you may have lying around.

  • kaushik

    i have a bit of trouble from connecting my xperia x10 mini pro to my acer computer which has a dual boot of windows 7 and ubuntu 10.10. I tried to connect and it didn't work at all. the log says:
    INFO: RPCReceiverThread - enter
    INFO: RPCReceiverThread - error: The system call was cancelled
    INFO: RPCReceiverThread - exit
    INFO: starting...
    INFO: bluetooth device 'hci0'
    INFO: bluetooth address '88:5B:F9:0C:17:58'
    INFO: hci devoce class: 0x58020c
    ERROR: failed to connect to local SDP server: Permission denied
    ERROR: start error
    INFO: closing hci device

    could you please help? thanks