Google simplifies Android video calling

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Google simplifies Android video calling

Starting today, on certain Android handsets, a trio of apps will allow users to make video calls using Duo. "Later this year, we'll also add the ability to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with just a tap", announced Google in a blog post.

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL ship in a little over a week for early adopters, but for some customers, trying the phone in person is the only thing that will actually seal the deal. Tomorrow, you'll be able to walk into a Verizon store and check Google's latest phones out. In Contacts, you will notice a Duo video call icon has also appeared, while in Android Messages app, you can start a call straight from your chat.

When the video call is made, it'll be routed through your carrier's ViLTE service (video over LTE).

This means the Nexus 5 is not eligible for it, but the Android One, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will get it. Google is working with carriers to make the feature available on other Android devices, but the company hasn't given a specific timeline.

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