The Phone Link app may soon allow using smartphone’s camera for PC video calls

The newest version of the Phone Link app for Android includes bits of code for streaming your phone's camera video to Windows. Apparently, Microsoft will eventually allow you to use your smartphone's optical sensors for video calls on your PC.

Android Phone Link Use Webcam

The code contains several fragments that describe the new feature in detail. It lists video effects that are widely used in video conferencing applications. In addition, it is possible to switch between the front and rear cameras. The app will also have an auto-crop feature. Finally, there is a function to control the temperature of the smartphone to avoid overheating due to the load on the hardware.

As of this writing, it is now clear what will be require for the feature to work. Previously, some useful Phone Link options were available exclusively on Samsung devices. But over time, some of them became available on other devices. So, there is a possibility that Samsung devices will get this feature first, but this has not been officially confirmed.

It's important to note that these code snippets are an early work in progress. Microsoft will only announce it in the future, but may abandon this development. However, adding such a feature could be very useful to a wide range of users.

Phone Link is a companion app for pairing an Android smartphone with Windows 11/10. It can host your calls, SMS, browse photos from phone, and even launch apps on Windows desktop. On Windows 11, it comes with a widget that casts updates from your phone to the Widgets pane.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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