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Pixel 3 to finally let you use external mic when recording video

Google says the update is coming to previous Pixel generations, too.


This Pixel camera update has been a long time coming.

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The camera tends to be a major selling point for Google's Pixel phones, and this year's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are no different. And now, Google appears to be listening to fans that've been requesting a certain camera feature.

Google said in a forum post on Friday that it'll be adding support for external microphones to the Pixel camera app. This means Pixel users will be able to use USB-C and external plug-in mics when shooting video on their phones.

The forum post asking about the feature, reported earlier by 9to5Mac, has been around since 2016. Google says that on Oct. 18 -- the day the Pixel 3 launches -- it will add external mic support to all Pixel phones, that includes old and new generations.

In related news, a Google Pixel 3 will reportedly be used to film Eminem's performance for Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.