My mobile phone is a Motorola Moto G with Android 5.1 and I've just discovered I could no longer browse my phone storage through Bluetooth. I only use that feature infrequently yet I find it extremely practical. I usually connect to my phone from Linux Mint — which I love precisely for the hassle-free usage when it comes to such manipulations. The software I use is BlueMan Bluetooth Manager.
Today I uploaded a spreadsheet file to my phone, which I wanted to use as a temporary storage. As a side note, it refused the ODS extension (WTF?)... well, saved it as .xlsx (sighs) and my phone accepted it. As there's no [stock] application that allows me to browse my phone storage locally — hadn't needed any so far — I thought about retrieving the file on the other computer with Blueman «Browse device...» feature. I got an error such as this one:
Oops, something went wrong. Service not available on the remote device.
I then removed my phone from Blueman's list, refreshed the list and added my phone to Blueman again.
Surprise: «Browse device...» is now grayed. I tried on another computer and it's the same issue.
The only way I could retrieve the file on a computer was to install Asus ZenUI File Manager on my phone, browse locally to find the file in question and send (share through bluetooth) it to the computer...
I wouldn't call this a hassle-free experience, especially given that remote browsing was possible some time ago.
So did Google actually remove Bluetooth Remote Browsing?