When you’re ready to proceed, click Start to begin streaming.The mobile app will then send the image from your phone’s camera to your computer.You’re not limited to Skype, incidentally, as other chat services supporting video should accept video from your smartphone camera, including Hangouts, which, as we know, is cooler than Skype Hangouts is Google's take on chat rooms.Like many times before, Google has turned a good idea into something incredibly useful, while preserving simplicity and ease of use and thus making it fantastic. We’ve been looking at the free options for each of these apps, and there is a good reason for this.Droid Cam comes in two parts, an Android app that is free from Google Play (premium .00 version also available), and the desktop client component, which is available from for Windows and Linux. With this done, switch your attention to your desktop PC.After downloading, unzip and run, following any on-screen instructions.Naturally, we would only recommend that you do this if you feel you’ll use these features, otherwise remain with the free Droid Cam release. However, although there is a configuration tool that you will need to fill in, IP Webcam requires you to view the output through your web browser.Download: Droid Cam for Android (Free/Premium)A strong alternative to Droid Cam, IP Webcam is also available as a free app from Google Play, with a premium upgrade available (.99). Only Chrome or Firefox are accepted here, so Windows users can’t use internet Explorer as it doesn’t stream correctly.
Select your Android webcam from the menu, click Save and you’re done.
Back on the desktop client, you’ll notice that it is possible to stream audio from your phone as well, and choose video quality — low, normal, and high are available.
Should you opt to connect via USB, all you’ll need is the USB cable that came with your phone.
For instance, you can only use the webcam in landscape mode, zooming is limited as is resolution, brightness, and various other controls that are found in the menu across the bottom of the Droid Cam desktop client.
To activate these, you’ll need to upgrade to the paid version of Droid Cam.