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It looks like Google is working on a dashcam feature for Android smartphones – Android

It looks like Google is working on a dashcam feature for Android smartphones – Android

Google seems to be working on a native dashcam recording feature for some Android smartphones, which can run in the background for up to 24 hours.

Feature discovered by 9to5google In an update to the Personal Security app for Android that appears to be part of an internal test that was mistakenly uploaded to Google Play.

The app uses compressed videos to save space and allows users to turn off the screen or switch to another app while recording continues in the background. Users can also set actions to trigger the app, such as connecting to a specific Bluetooth device so that it automatically starts recording when they put their car in front. The app can be set not to record audio, and recordings are automatically deleted after three days unless the user saves them.

Dashcam apps are nothing new and there are many available on both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. However, using a smartphone as a dashcam has many limitations. HD video recording can quickly use up storage space and cause the smartphone to overheat when exposed to direct sunlight while recording video or using GPS, which causes dangerously high temperatures.

Another potential problem with using a smartphone as a dashcam is the possibility of damage to the camera’s optical stabilization due to shake, which could theoretically be remedied with a camera from the main system, which does not have that capability.

It is not yet known how Google plans to address these issues or which models will support the app. However, if Google can successfully integrate the dashcam feature into its personal security app, it could provide users with a convenient and cost-effective way to record their driving experiences.

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