Use your smartphone instead of a webcam: a unique Apple iPhone feature now in Android 14

By Jurassic JennApr 10, 2024 16:42 PMTech
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Android developers have announced that the upcoming version of the operating system (Android 14) will include one of the most popular iPhone features - the ability to use a smartphone instead of a webcam on a computer or laptop.

This option appeared on the iPhone several years ago. But Android smartphone users did not have this option.

But soon, according to SSPDaily everything will change. The beta version of Android 14 with the ability to connect a smartphone to a computer as a webcam will be available to users in early October.

What do you know about the new Android features?

The feature works without installing any additional software or drivers on the computer. All you need to do is download a special application to your smartphone and connect it to your computer via USB.

The function works using the USB Video Class (UVC) protocol. In other words, the camera will be active regardless of the operating system - on Chromebooks, MacOS, and Windows.

In general, experts note that this solution can even be called more successful than Apple's. If not for one hitch.

The fact is that this function works on iPhone without a USB cable. Your iPhone can be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your MacBook, and that's enough for it to work as a wireless webcam.

Alas, but apparently, Android users will be deprived of this opportunity, Connecting smartphones is still possible only via a USB cable.

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