Google set to simplify Android Video Calling

Video calling is about as easy as it can possibly get these days. You can do it on computers, mobile devices, and even tablets. It’s popular and widespread enough that you even have options. There are plenty of options available for those looking to video chat with their friends or family.

Now, Google is rolling out a new Duo integration for its own Pixel, Pixel 2, Android One, and Nexus phones to allow users to place a video call directly from the Android Phone, Contacts, and Messages apps. Later this year is will also allow users to tap a button to switch to a video call during a current voice call.

Those wanting to make a video call will be able do so straight from the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. The integration is as tight as expected with the option to start video presented in the same list of options where you’d call or text a contact.

Google says it will add a function later that allows you to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with a single tap.

To make video calls from these apps, the phone manufacturer needs to enable video calling. If they have, users can make video calls from these apps to their contacts who also use Google Duo. In the phone app, a new option is available in call history and search. In Contacts, a video option is available next to a contact’s name, while in Messages it appears in a conversation.

For now, it appears only Google’s devices support the feature, but Google says it is working with carrier partners and Android OEMs to bring the integrated video experience to more devices in future.

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