The Pixel 8 is finally getting support for display output over USB-C

What you need to know

  • Despite the existence of competing options, like Samsung’s DeX, Google Pixel phones have been lacking in display output support.
  • Not only does the Pixel Launcher lack a desktop environment available to end users, Pixel phones have been without DisplayPort Alternate Mode support.
  • With the release of Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2, Google is enabling DP Alt Mode and allowing users to connect their Pixel to external displays.

Pixel users got excited when it was revealed that Google was supporting DisplayPort Alternate Mode at a hardware level on the Pixel 8 series. However, Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro owners were quickly disappointed to find out that Google was still blocking external display connections over USB-C with software. Now, months after the Pixel 8 series debuted, it looks like Google has changed its mind and plans to support display mirroring over a cable.

As Mishaal Rahman revealed at Android Authority, Google has added software support for DP Alt Mode with the release of Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2. When you connect a Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro to an external monitor, a “mirror display” option will appear. If you tap to enable it, your Android operating system will be shown on the connected monitor or TV. Notably, unless you manually enable desktop mode in developer options, you’ll be stuck with Android 14’s regular view.


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