KDE Connect Bluetooth Backend Is Now Getting Better.


Does KDE Connect work over Bluetooth? Right now, it doesn’t — but soon it will.

What is KDE Connect?

KDE Connect is a project to communicate across all your devices. For example, with KDE Connect you can receive your phone notifications on your desktop computer, control music playing on your phone from your desktop, or use your phone as a remote control for your desktop.

To achieve this, KDE Connect :
• implements a secure communication protocol over the network, and allows any developer to create plugins on top of it.
• Has a component that you install on your desktop
• Has a KDE Connect client app you run on your phone.

This video from 2013 demonstrates some other cool features: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkCFngNmsh0

Don’t want to connect devices over Wi-Fi?
Soon you won’t have to!

The current stable release of KDE Connect works over via LAN/WiFi. This requires both your Android phone and your Linux machine to be on the same network for the various ‘integration’ features to work.

The good news is that, a Bluetooth backend for KDE Connect is now in development. It will, soon allow you to use many of the tool’s features without LAN/WiFi. Sending/receiving messages should work fine, according to the developer working on the KDE Connect Bluetooth backend.

There’s no current word on whether the new backend will play nice with the KDE Connect Indicator, which is arguably the best way to use KDE Connect on Unity and GNOME desktops.


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