Google will convert an Android phone into a USB webcam

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Many users choose to utilize an external webcam, and many people use their mobile phones as a webcam. However, to use this feature, users will certainly need a third-party app which may not be entirely convenient. The webcam that comes with many devices usually have very poor quality and this affects the video. Google may now be developing a method for converting your Android phone into a USB webcam. This new feature will be quite direct, just plug-and-play.

USB Webcam

On Thursday, Mishaal Rahman, a popular Android analyst, tweeted about a new feature from Google. The tweet reveals that the company might add support for converting an Android phone into a USB camera. Rahman discovered data indicating that Android is introducing a “DeviceAsWebcam” function in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository.

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Anyone is welcome to examine and add code and fixes to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This is a pure Android system that Google handles. It is actually part of the Android system.

USB webcam on Android is not new

A new service that turns Android devices into webcams is what the “DeviceAsWebcam” service stands for. Rahman adds that this will work on Android devices that support the UVC (USB Video Class) gadget mode, which allows the transfer of video data.

USB Webcam

It’s not new to use a mobile device as a webcam, and as was already noted, there are apps that can do this. However, this will be the first time that Android will natively permit doing so without the aid of a third-party software.

Rahman notes that in order to use this new feature right away, the device’s kernel may first need to be compiled with CONFIG USB CONFIGFS F UVC=y. Technically, users will still need an app program or service for it to work. At the moment, we can not tell whether Google will include this feature in a future OS update.

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