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Google Pixel 8 Series Will Support External Display With Latest Beta

Google Pixel 8 External Display Support

The upcoming Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are set to introduce a groundbreaking feature: support for connecting to external displays using USB Type-C. This marks a significant advancement for Google's smartphone lineup, providing users with the ability to extend their device's screen onto larger monitors or TVs.

The functionality of connecting to an external display has been confirmed by various sources, including tipster Kamila Wojciechowska, who hinted at the support for USB DisplayPort Alt mode prior to the phone's official launch. This feature allows video output through the USB-C interface, paving the way for seamless connectivity with external displays.

Google Pixel 8 External Display Support

Mishaal Rahman, another prominent figure in the tech community, recently uncovered that after updating to the Android 14 QPR3 Beta version, Pixel 8/Pro users can simply plug in a USB-C to USB-C or HDMI video cable into their phone and the other end into a compatible monitor. Upon connection, a dialog box will appear on the phone's screen, prompting the user to choose whether they want to mirror their phone's display onto the external monitor.

By selecting the "Connect" option, users can replicate everything displayed on their phone onto the monitor or TV screen. For those seeking a more desktop-like experience, enabling developer settings and toggling the "Force Desktop Mode" option will provide an interface resembling a traditional desktop operating system.

Google Pixel 8 External Display Support

While the current desktop mode may be basic, Google's plans for a more advanced version with the launch of Android 15 this fall are promising. This could potentially make the Pixel 9 series a highly desirable choice for users looking for a powerful desktop-like experience on their mobile device.

It is important to note that this feature is exclusive to the Pixel 8/Pro and is not available on other Pixel devices due to hardware limitations. However, the introduction of DisplayPort Alt Mode on the Pixel 8/Pro opens up the possibility for future Google devices to support this feature.