Pixel 8 can do a neat trick that even Google doesn't know about

You won't find it in the specs, but this pulls the Pixel 8 even closer to the iPhone 15

Google Pixel 8 Pro
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It's been a busy few months in the phone world, with new models arriving from a host of top brands. We've seen a swathe of new handsets, spanning pretty much every corner of the industry.

That includes foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Android phones like the new Google Pixel 8 range. Even the new iPhone 15 range landed, offering something new for those who prefer Apple's way of working.

But it's the Pixel 8 range which is making headlines today. Popular tech tipster, Mishaal Rahman, has been testing out an unlisted feature for the range – and it's one which pulls the Pixel a little closer to those new iPhones.

According to a series of tweets, Rahman and other testers he works with have found that the USB-C port on the Pixel 8 devices are capable of being used as a DisplayPort. That would allow users to export the display of their device onto another monitor.

Google had previously denied this, though the new developments suggest that may be a software limitation, as the hardware is certainly more than capable. It's not entirely clear why that would be the case, though.

So, can users enable this on their own handset? Well, sort of. An earlier tweet from Rahman shows the method for enabling the feature, which involves changing the root code of the phone itself. That's unlikely to be something which everyone is comfortable with – or, indeed, has the capability to do.

Still, if you're confident in your abilities, the theory has been proven to work. It's likely to prove more of a bugbear for users. The fact that the hardware is capable, but the software has limited the functionality is sure to be frustrating – particularly with no clear reason why that might be the case. 

There is some hope though. As the feature is only limited by software, there is always a possibility that the brand could enable it in a future software update. That is purely speculation right now, but it certainly would make some sense.

For now, though, your only hope is to go all codebreaker on your handset if you need the DisplayPort functionality on your own phone.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.