The Nexus 5 was the final of Google’s telephones to assist video output over a wired connection (keep in mind SlimPort?), however some have continued to carry out hope for the characteristic. Whereas it does not come as a lot of a shock that the Pixel 4 nonetheless does not assist wired video output, one attention-grabbing truth about it has been found: it appears to be disabled in software program.
A commit has been discovered within the Android supply code that disables DisplayPort over the USB Kind-C port within the Pixel 4. The commit message merely reads, “Disable DP perform.”
Now earlier than you rush to the feedback to make a “Google simply desires folks to purchase Chromecasts as an alternative of low cost Third-party cables!” comment, there is not any telling why the characteristic is definitely turned off. It is potential video output was by no means working correctly within the first place when the Pixel Four was being developed, or Qualcomm might cost a further licensing price for DisplayPort assist which Google was unwilling to pay.
Some had been hoping the Pixel Four would assist video output now that Android 10 helps a fundamental type of a desktop UI, however there was by no means any proof that Google would construct its personal DeX-style characteristic for the Pixels. The same occasion occurred in 2015, when Google drastically improved microSD assist in Android, and a few believed that the following Nexus telephone would have a microSD card slot (spoiler: it did not).
We have reached out to Google to ask for extra info, and we’ll replace this put up if we get a response.
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