– The integrated video calling feature is already rolling out to Pixel.
– Can make video calls directly from Phone, Contacts, and stock Messages app.
Google Duo brought simplified video calling with the knock-knock feature. This gave it an easy start to the video calling business for Google. Most recently, Google released a much more simplified video calling for Android users with its integration of Google Duo.
This new update will let Android users start a video call directly from within the Google Phone, Contacts, and stock Messages app.
How it works is, when the video call is made, it is routed through your carrier’s ViLTE service (video over LTE). If you’re not on a carrier with that service, Google will link the call through its Duo app, as long as both parties have it installed. The integrated video calling feature is already rolling out to Pixel, Pixel 2, Android One, and Nexus phones.
Primarily, Google’s video calling app Duo will be the main app that will make video call to anyone with the app installed. For those already using the Phone app, search for a contact or pick a contact from the call history and place the video call; through Contacts app, open a contact’s info card and place the video call, and Messages app users can place video call right from the conversation tab.
Google also states version that will be able to run the new feature which includes: Phone (v13.0), Contacts (v2.1), and Android Messages (v2.6) app to support the feature. The new video call feature will be currently visible to users running Android 7.0 Nougat and above .
In the future, Google says it will add a function later that allows you to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with a single tap. We hope more Android users will use the lighter video calling app for Android.