Google simplifies Android video calling

Starting today, a few handsets will be able to send a Duo video chat from a trio of Android apps

So, you should start seeing small camera icons in these apps next to contacts that can be video called.

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. Calls can be made to contacts through your Android Phone, Contacts and Android Messages apps.

Additionally, there's a new Pixel 2 Cityscape wallpaper, but you'll need a Pixel or Pixel XL to access that one.

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.

Well, according to Google, there is a solution, but not all affected users of the Google Pixel and Nexus 6P devices are covered.

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.

Google also revealed that users will be directed to ViLTE video calls if both the parties are using a carrier that supports the feature.

So, just how do you make a video call with the new integration? From the phone app for example, the option to make a video call will appear in call history and search.



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