Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

Allan Goodman
October 15, 2017

Google Duo with ViLTE is now being integrated into Phone, Contacts and Message apps on Android. There are also new additions in the existing categories, including that Rainy day wallpaper that we saw on the Pixel 2, but that's again a Pixel exclusive.

FaceTime has been an integral part of Apple's iOS operating system since 2010.

Google further confirmed that, the company in the upcoming months will upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with just a tap. The Duo video-calling integration is rolling out to Pixel, Android One and Nexus devices first, though Google says it is working with carriers and device partners to bring the feature to more Android phones.

Unfortunately, Google doesn't typically release its Pixel launcher for other Android phones.

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The Google Wallpapers app is getting fresh new wall art, but most of it is exclusive to the Google Pixel series. Though of course, the app is pre-installed in several Android phones. If you (and the call recipient) have a carrier that supports ViLTE, your video calls will go through that service.

"You can now start a video call directly from where you call or text message your friends, through your Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps", product manager Jan Jedrzejowicz wrote in a blog post. 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.

So, just how do you make a video call with the new integration? ViLTE stands for video over LTE and is an extension of VoLTE. When you try to make a video call, Duo looks at what's available.

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