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Android Bluetooth socket tutorial for non-blocking communication

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I am looking for a bluetooth sample code on Android to do non-blocking socket communication.

I found several examples, like the BluetoothChat or BluetoothSocket.java but none is non-blocking socket communication.

ps does non-blocking automatically mean that is has to be asynchronous? I think actually not – it is not the same, I assume I could do synchronous socket communication with a timeout. That’s the kind of example I am looking for…

Thank you very much

How to&Answers:

Looks like the answer is pretty much you can’t

however with a bit of threading magic, your can have your system work the way you want

   BluetoothSocketListener bsl = new BluetoothSocketListener(socket, handler, messageText);
    Thread messageListener = new Thread(bsl);

message system

 private class MessagePoster implements Runnable {
    private TextView textView;
    private String message;

    public MessagePoster(TextView textView, String message) {
      this.textView = textView;
      this.message = message;

    public void run() {

socket listener

private class BluetoothSocketListener implements Runnable {

  private BluetoothSocket socket;
  private TextView textView;
  private Handler handler;

  public BluetoothSocketListener(BluetoothSocket socket, 
                                 Handler handler, TextView textView) {
    this.socket = socket;
    this.textView = textView;
    this.handler = handler;

public void run() {
  int bufferSize = 1024;
  byte[] buffer = new byte[bufferSize];      
  try {
    InputStream instream = socket.getInputStream();
    int bytesRead = -1;
    String message = "";
    while (true) {
      message = "";
      bytesRead = instream.read(buffer);
      if (bytesRead != -1) {
        while ((bytesRead==bufferSize)&&(buffer[bufferSize-1] != 0)) {
          message = message + new String(buffer, 0, bytesRead);
          bytesRead = instream.read(buffer);
        message = message + new String(buffer, 0, bytesRead - 1); 

        handler.post(new MessagePoster(textView, message));              
  } catch (IOException e) {
    Log.d("BLUETOOTH_COMMS", e.getMessage());