In 2024, Microsoft and Samsung’s Android collaboration will persist, featuring updated Copilot compatibility and the capability to utilize a Galaxy smartphone’s camera as a webcam on a PC. During this week’s CES speech, Samsung unveiled both of the new features: the webcam functionality for Microsoft Teams will be available later this year, and Copilot will launch in March.
According to Jonathan Gabrio, president of Samsung’s connected experience center, “people will be able to use the fantastic clarity and resolution of their Galaxy smartphone cameras to enhance a meeting on services like Microsoft Teams starting with our latest flagship smartphones later this year.” Both front- and rear-facing cameras will be supported by the webcam, and you will be able to adjust the backdrop blur and auto-framing for your live video.
Similar camera support was added by Google to an Android 14 update in December, although reports from Pixel users indicate that Windows doesn’t always recognize the webcam feature correctly.
Additionally, Samsung and Microsoft are collaborating to include Copilot into Samsung’s Windows and Android smartphones. According to Gabrio, “From March this year, Galaxy Book 4 and Galaxy smartphone owners will be able to experience the incredible new capabilities supported by Microsoft Copilot,” “Simply connect your Galaxy Book 4 and Galaxy smartphone with Link to Windows to find, read, or summarize text messages.”
Sending messages straight from a PC and automatic message draft production “based on your prior usage” are further features of the Copilot integration. “We have more plans to integrate Copilot features into Galaxy devices, so be sure to check back,” adds Gabrio.
Like many other PC manufacturers, Samsung is also incorporating Microsoft’s new Copilot key into its laptop keyboards. The Copilot key will be integrated into US models of the Galaxy Book 4 series. There are new laptops from Dell, Lenovo, and other companies that come with the Copilot key as well.