Google is making it easier to start a video call from Android device with integrated video calling as it starts to roll out integrated video calling to Pixel, Pixel 2, Android One, Nexus and more Android devices.
Video calling allows you to catch up with a face to face video conversation – making it easy to connect with friends and family, even when you’re thousands of miles apart.
In an effort to make it easier to start a video call from Android device, Google is making video calling an integrated part of Android phone. In a publication today, Google announced that it’s rolling out simpler video calling on mobile for Android users. This will allow users to make video calls straight from the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. The integration would allow the option to start video presented in the same list of options where you’d call or text a contact. A function that will allow users to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with a just a tap on a single application will be added later, Google Phone app Product Manager, Jan Jedrzejowicz, said..
Although the integration is already rolling out to few Android devices including first-generation Pixel, Android One, Nexus, and Pixel 2, Jan said, “We’re working with our carrier and device partners to bring this experience to more Android devices over time.”
The mode of operation of the video call integration is simple. When the video call is made, it’ll be routed through your carrier’s ViLTE service (video over LTE). If you’re not on a carrier with that service, Google Duo will connect your video call to anyone with the app installed.
You are to make sure you and the person you’re calling have GoogleDuo app installed and activated if you want to use Duo.