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Google Pixel 8/Pro phones will support wired external displays

Google’s first smartphone that can be linked to a wired external display is the Pixel 8/Pro series. It only has to be updated to the Android 14 QPR3 Beta version system to be linked and utilized.

Video output via the USB-C interface is possible with the Pixel 8/Pro thanks to support for USB DisplayPort Alt mode, as revealed by tipster Kamila Wojciechowska before the phone’s release.

After installing the Android 14 QPR3 Beta update, users can connect a USB-C to USB-C or HDMI video cable to their phone and plug the other end into a compatible monitor. The phone will then display a dialog box asking if you want to mirror your screen to an external monitor. This was recently discovered by Android news digger Mishaal Rahman.

Google Pixel 8/Pro phones will support wired external displays

 

Everything on your phone will be duplicated on your TV or monitor as soon as you hit Connect. You can choose the “Force Desktop Mode” option to achieve an OS experience more akin to a desktop by turning on developer settings on your phone.

Rahman brought out the fact that the current desktop mode is extremely basic, but it appears that Google is developing a more robust version that will likely be included in the Pixel 9 series’ selling features when it launches with Android 15 this autumn.

The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are the first phones that have hardware support, and Google has unfortunately disabled DisplayPort Alt Mode at the hardware level, making video output unavailable on older Pixel devices.  will keep an eye on how this feature develops in the future.

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