Google has integrated its video calling app – Duo deeper into its Android ecosystem and will now permit the Android users to make video calls directly from other Google apps.

The Google Duo has been inlaid into Google Phone, Messages, and Contacts app, simplifying the video-calling process for Google Android users to only a simple tap.

The tech giant has also uncovered that the Duo application will further be improved to permit users to switch from a voice call to a video call with just a tap, later this year.

As of this moment, Google has started rolling out the integrated video calling to first and second generation Pixel phones, along with Android One, and Nexus devices.

The Google blog further provides

“We’re dealing with our carrier and device partners to bring this experience to more Android devices as time passes”,

meaning all the Android devices can be expected to get the feature soon.

The blog, written by Jan Jedrzejowicz, Product Manager, Phone app, also unveils that if both parties on the video call are on a carrier that supports ViLTE video calling, the video call will be routed through the carrier’s ViLTE service.

If this isn’t the case, then Google Duo app will connect the video call to a person with the application installed.

The pre-requisites to make video calls through the Google Duo built-into Android elements mention a v13.0 or higher for Phone, v2.1 or higher for Contacts, v2.6 or higher for Android Messages.

Overall, users must have Android 7.0 Nougat or a higher version of Android OS.

To make a video call with the integrated Google Duo app, users can Look for a contact or select a contact from the call history.

On the other hand, they can open a contact’s card info or open up a message conversation and place the call.


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