Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

Oct 15, 2017, 00:54
Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

With the new initiative, Android phone users will now be able to make video calls directly from were their call or message. The new move by the company essentially ties Duo app deeper into the Android ecosystem, and follows similar integration into the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as expected.

FaceTime has been an integral part of Apple's iOS operating system since 2010. The new video call feature will be now visible to users running Android 7.0 Nougat and above - Google notes the integration is only applicable for those manufacturers that have made video calling available to users.

Google further confirmed that, the company in the upcoming months will upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with just a tap.

Last year, Google launched the video calling app, and now, it's integrating Duo into Android. Google recently added a few new selections to the app, and although many of them appear to be limited to the Pixel and Pixel XL, there's still a lot to like here. Furthermore, if you want your call to use video over LTE (ViLTE), an extension of voice over LTE (Ma href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_over_LTE" VoLTE), you both have to be using Verizon.

Google says if ViLTE is not supported, then Duo will connect the video call to anyone with the app installed. The Geometric Shapes one is available on all Android devices. You can also use an Android One device, but if you have one of those, chances are you're not doing video calling. So in this case video calls are routed through a high quality video channel.

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