GOOGLE is introducing the ability to use Android phones instead of a webcam in its upcoming software update – something customers are excited about.
The feature – which is still in development – is currently only available on a handful of Google Pixel models.
However, according to 9to5Google, Google plans to make the feature available to all Android phone owners.
So if you are an Android user and have already thought about buying a new webcam, be patient and you will get a “free” webcam as part of your phone.
“This will be very useful for me since my gaming laptop doesn’t have a webcam,” one user wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
Another tweeted: “I tried it on my Pixel 6 this morning, it worked great!”
The device appears as an “Android camera” in apps like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams.
The feature works on any device that can handle a standard webcam.
This includes Windows PCs, Apple Macs and Chromebooks.
After officially launching in the Android 14 operating system, all Android users need is a USB cable to connect their phone to a computer.
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When the phone is connected to the computer, Android users should see a new option.
In the notification menu, tap the usual notification for Charge this device via USB.
Below you will find a new option for Webcamwhich, when pressed, triggers a new notification labeled Device as a webcam.
Android users will then be taken to a new app where they can preview and tweak their video feed, such as adjusting the zoom.
Once the image is set up as needed, users can stream it through their phone as if it were a webcam.
You can even lock the phone to save battery and then continue streaming.
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