Google has announced that the Duo video calling feature will now be integrated into your phone, contacts, and messaging apps. The new feature will be available on Android smartphones, according to a blog post by the company. With the way major tech giants like Facebook, Google, Instagram, and others are focusing on videos, it sure seems to be the future. The new feature on Google has leaked online a few days ago, but now the company has announced it officially. Initially, the Google Duo integration will start working on Android One, Pixel, and Nexus smartphones. However, the company has promised to be working with other mobile carriers and partners to provide the new functionality on Android devices. It is interesting to note that WhatsApp, the highly popular messaging app does not support this feature and Google has taken up the opportunity due to its Android ecosystem.
Google had recently launched its Pixel 2 smartphone and when it goes on sale, you will be able to see the Duo integration feature. The feature seems to be Google’s direct counter to Apple’s Facetime. Duo is now basically an equivalent of its Apple counterpart, as the app is not integrated into top three system applications. When it comes to Apple devices, FaceTime has integration with phone and contacts app. This essentially means you can directly make a video or audio call to other from FaceTime, only by clicking on the option in the Phone and Contacts app themselves.
Check out the feature here:
Because video calling should be this easy. Just two taps—that’s Duo. pic.twitter.com/D2OVcOvrKV
— Google (@Google) October 9, 2017
While Google’s Allo could not become much of a success because of the presence of WhatsApp, Google Duo has managed over 100 million downloads because of its good video calling quality. However, most Android mobiles have the app pre-installed. The company has informed that they have already started “video calling to first-generation Pixel, Android One, and Nexus devices.”
Interestingly, Google said that if both the people on opposite ends have a carrier service that has ViLTE video calling feature, then the calls will be routed through them only. ViLTE is basically an extension of VoLTE and stands for video over LTE. This basically means that users will get even better quality video calling functionality. The company also said that the new feature will also work even if there is no ViLTE. Of course, you may not get very good speed and quality.