Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google starts integrating Duo and ViLTE video calling into Android devices

Google starts integrating Duo and ViLTE video calling into Android devices

For Duo video calls, the functionality in the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps works exactly as you'd expect. Google also noted that the new feature will also be available on the newly launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as well. Essentially Duo will try and place itself like FaceTime equivalent in the Android universe with the app being integrated into the three main system apps.

The initial video calling integration has started with Google-supported devices, namely, the original Pixel, Android One, and Nexus devices. Google recently added a few new selections to the app, and although many of them appear to be limited to the Pixel and Pixel XL, there's still a lot to like here.

"We want to make it even easier to start a video call from your Android device, so we're making video calling an integrated part of your phone", notes Google.

Google also revealed that users will be directed to ViLTE video calls if both the parties are using a carrier that supports the feature.

Google clears that users will have to run the latest versions of the Phone (v13.0), Contacts (v2.1), and Android Messages (v2.6) app to support the feature. ViLTE stands for video over LTE and is an extension of VoLTE. If you're not on a carrier with that service, Google will put the call through Duo, meaning both the sender and the receiver need to have the app installed. So in this case video calls are routed through a high quality video channel. However, there's already a third-party app that offers the same basic experience, and you can download it now.

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