Google Duo to be integrated with Android Messages, Contacts, and Phone app

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Video calls will now be directly accessible from Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. Google needs to finalize some things first with different device makers and mobile carriers for the integration to be ready in more phones. And before the year ends, a voice call can be upgraded to a video call in an instant.

Google will start rolling out the integrated video calling feature to its Nexus, Android One and Pixel devices, including the recently-launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, before expanding to other handsets. Primarily, Google's video calling app Duo will be the main app that will make video call to anyone with the app installed.

Google notes that if both you and your partner have ViLTE-capable (Video over LTE) handsets, the video call will be routed through the service rather than Duo.

There are numerous video calling apps available but they are not really integrated in your native messaging app on your Android device.

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. For those 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.



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