Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

Google's new initiative will make video calling easy and simple for the Android mobile users.

There are a few catches though.

The Google Wallpapers app is getting fresh new wall art, but most of it is exclusive to the Google Pixel series. If not, Duo will connect you to anyone with the app installed. The company will let Android users start a video call directly from within the Google Phone, Contacts, and stock Messages app. Google has also promised that by later this year it will add the ability to upgrade to an ongoing voice call to video with just a tap. If one had to guess, it would probably be a safe bet that you can expect to find a Google Pixel 2 on hand at a Verizon store beginning today and well into the future. It's also free and works with any device running Android 4.4 or up, which should cover pretty much any phone or tablet you're now using. In March, the app gained audio calling support, so it's not a one-trick pony anymore.

Google has just simplified video calling for Android users with its integration of Google Duo.

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As for supported devices, you and whoever you are video calling only have a handful to choose from.

Pixel 2 phones will also come with Duo integration into Phone, Contacts and the Messages app when they officially go on sale.

Are you pleased to see video calling become a more integral part of the Android operating system?

Google also explained to VentureBeat that your device keeps track of which of your contacts are ViLTE-reachable, Duo-reachable, or both. In the rare case that both are, Duo will choose ViLTE. For now though, its availability is still extremely limited.

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