Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Android Video Calling Just Got Much Simpler

Android Video Calling Just Got Much Simpler

Google is making it easier for users to make video calls using its own video calling app - Duo. The company will let Android users start a video call directly from within the Google Phone, Contacts, and stock Messages app. The devices are now on pre-order, and in the USA, you can only get them from Google and Verizon.

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL were announced last week, but with most variants not shipping for a few weeks, those of you pre-ordered one are probably getting a little antsy. Google is also planning to add a feature to voice calls allowing you to quickly switch over to a video call with a single tap. We're already seeing the integration on the Phone and Contacts app of the Nexus 6P, however, not within the Android Messages app yet.

If both the caller and the recipient are on a carrier that supports ViLTE video calling, the calls will be routed through the carrier's ViLTE service.

So, just how do you make a video call with the new integration? You also need Contacts app version 2.1 and up to see the option on the contact's name, and Android Messages app version 2.6 or up to see the video call option in a conversation.

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