Android OnConfigurationChanged not being called when I plug or unplug usb keyboard


this is my onConfigurationChanged :

public void onConfigurationChanged(Configuration newConfig) { //this will change the language, if needed.

    Log.i("onConfigurationChanged", "keyboard: " + getResources().getConfiguration().keyboard);

    if (newConfig.hardKeyboardHidden == Configuration.HARDKEYBOARDHIDDEN_NO) {
        //A hardware keyboard is being connected
        Log.i("onConfigurationChanged", "HARDKEYBOARDHIDDEN_NO");

    } else if (newConfig.hardKeyboardHidden == Configuration.HARDKEYBOARDHIDDEN_YES) {
        //A hardware keyboard is being disconnected
        Log.i("onConfigurationChanged", "HARDKEYBOARDHIDDEN_YES");


    Utils.setLocale(getBaseContext(), newConfig);

And this is my activity:


Why isn't onConfigurationChanged called then? when I plug/unplug the keyboard? Cause I've set the configChanges, I need to find a way to know when I have a usb keyboard plugged or not.

PS: getActivity().getResources().getConfiguration().hardKeyboardHidden returns 2 => HARDKEYBOARDHIDDEN_YES even if my usb keyboard is connected. why?

EDIT: Even if onConfigurationChanged is not called: I get this logs:

07-12 07:40:41.749: D/EventHub(997): No input device configuration file found for device 'LITEON Technology USB Multimedia Keyboard'.
07-12 07:40:41.759: I/EventHub(997): New device: id=11, fd=195, path='/dev/input/event7', name='LITEON Technology USB Multimedia Keyboard', classes=0x80000403, configuration='', keyLayout='/system/usr/keylayout/Generic.kl', keyCharacterMap='/system/usr/keychars/Generic.kcm', builtinKeyboard=false, usingSuspendBlockIoctl=true, usingClockIoctl=true
07-12 07:40:41.759: I/InputReader(997): Device added: id=11, name='LITEON Technology USB Multimedia Keyboard', sources=0x00002103

Cant I take this from somewhere? like a event listener on the EventHub or something?

asked on Stack Overflow Jul 12, 2017 by rosu alin • edited Jul 12, 2017 by rosu alin

1 Answer


I had a similar problem with a Samsung bluetooth keyboard for Samsung Tab S2.

My onConfigurationChanged() method did not fire until I put this line into the manifest.


The only documentation I could find was here.

The navigation keyword refers to the touchpad, which most physical devices have, and which most soft keyboards do not.

To quote the doco: The navigation type (trackball/dpad) has changed. (This should never normally happen.)

A fine example of poor android documentation being as costly as poor code!

answered on Stack Overflow Sep 2, 2017 by Bad Loser • edited Sep 3, 2017 by Bad Loser

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