Google has announced its integrating video calling into Android via Google Duo. The functionality allows one to start a video call directly from three core apps: Android Messages, Contacts a few, and Phone.
There are of course some catches:
- You and the recipient need to have the Duo installed on one of the supported phones (Pixel, Android One, or Nexus).
- If you want your call to use the video over LTE (ViLTE), an extension of voice over LTE
- Both have to be using Verizon.
Google Duo happens to be a one-to-one video calling app for Android as well as the iOS. Google has several messaging apps: Android Messages, Allo, Duo, Hangouts Chat, and Hangouts Meet.
For the purpose of Duo video calls, the functionality in the respective Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps do work exactly as one would expect. If the recipient has Duo, then one can just select video call from one of the apps and then one is off.
The ability to be able to upgrade an ongoing voice call to the video with just a required tap is indeed coming later on this year.
The Duo is quite easy to get ( i.e. Google Play) so that the necessary requirement is easy enough for both of you and whoever one’s video calling is for. In March this month, the app gained the audio calling support, so that it is not a one-trick pony anymore. But Duo is a necessary requirement, even in case one will never launch the app and actually want to use the video calling from the Android Messages, Contacts, and Phone apps.
There is a requirement for Android Nougat and the list, of course, is supported by the devices: such as Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel Pixel XL, and no doubt the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL when they actually launch. One can also make use of an Android One device.
Lastly, one has to try to integrate on making use of ViLTE, in case one of you or whoever you may be video calling have to be on the Verizon.
This is indeed an interesting new addition to the Android, and one can see as well how it could eventually be able to be integrated directly into the Android. As of now, its availability is still extremely limited.
Some people make use of the iPhone every day. It is indeed interesting to take note of the video calls without actually leaving the Phone or even the Messages app. It is well and good to observe Google to integrate the same features into the Phone, Contacts, as well as Android Messages apps.
Google has been able to accomplish this by incorporating its own Duo video calling service and the ViLTE standard, the latter of which is an extension of the existing VoLTE that does focus on the increased video call quality over an LTE network. By the default, the video calls will be routed via ViLTE, but the Duo on the fall-back of the carrier that does not support the standard.