The Pixel 8 will soon be able to connect to external displays over USB-C


One of the benefits of USB-C is that it is a multi-purpose connector. In the case of laptops, we’ve seen how USB-C allows users to charge their devices while connected to a monitor with a single cable. The good news for Pixel 8 users is that it looks like Google will soon let you connect your phone to external displays over USB-C.

Google allows users to connect their Pixel phones to external displays but only if they buy a special peripheral. This is annoying because it means users need to ensure they have that accessory with them at all times. A report from Android Authority has revealed that Google could be addressing that in Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.

It appears that Google has enabled DisplayPort Alternate Mode on the Pixel 8 phones. Prior to this, the software feature was disabled. This means that unless Google changes their mind, once this update rolls out, Pixel 8 users can hook their phones up to external displays using a USB-C cable.

Prior to this, users who wanted to enable the feature had to root their phones. This isn’t something that most users would do or know how to do. Note that this update will mostly only benefit the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. This is because on older Pixel phones, DisplayPort Alternate Mode is disabled at a hardware level. We’re not sure when this update will be released, but it could be something to look forward to.

Tyler Lee
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