Google’s latest announcement brings new and better changes for the Android ecosystem. Google has now made it possible for Android users to make video calls directly from the Phone, Contacts and Messages app. Now you can opt to make calls from the call log, contacts list and from your messages. Google will first roll out integrated video calling to Pixel, Pixel XL, Android One, and Nexus smartphones. As for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, this feature comes pre-installed. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Video calling integration on your Android smartphones will require two factors. One is that your carrier needs to support Video over LTE (ViLTE). Just how VoLTE uses internet connectivity for HD voice calling, ViLTE also works the same way but for video calling. If your network supports ViLTE, all video calls will be connected through this. The other option to use this feature is through Google’s video calling app, Duo.
If ViLTE isn’t available, then the video calls will be connected through the Duo app. However, note that both parties should have ViLTE support, and Duo app installed on their smartphones. You will also need to have version 13.0 and above of the Phone app running on your smartphone. For Contacts app and Android Messages app, versions 2.1 and 2.6 and above need to be installed on your smartphone respectively. Also, this feature will only work on smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and above. ALSO READ: Google Duo update brings UI improvements, new notification settings, and more
You can open the contact’s information card to start a video call, and open a conversation from your inbox. To answer a video call just swipe up, and swipe down to decline it. If there’s a missed video call it will show up in your call history. Google says that it is currently working with carrier and device partners to make this feature widely available to more Android smartphones. Google also plans to convert voice calls to video with a tap in the future. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2: Even if the newest flagship doesn t succeed, Android is still winning
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