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

Pablo Tucker
October 12, 2017

"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.

Video calls can now be made straight from the Contacts, Phone, and Android Messages.

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. The new move by the company essentially ties Duo app deeper into the Android ecosystem, and follows similar integration into the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as expected.

Google clears that users will have to run the latest versions of the Phone (v13.0), Contacts (v2.1), and Android Messages (v2.6) app to support the feature. The devices are now on pre-order, and in the United States, you can only get them from Google and Verizon. With that in mind, video calls are becoming an integrated feature of the Android experience.

Google is making it easier for users to make video calls using its own video calling app - Duo. The person you're video calling also needs to have the Duo app installed and activated.

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.

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