Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

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

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

We want to make it even easier to start a video call from your Android device, so we're making video calling an integrated part of your phone. The company will let Android users start a video call directly from within the Google Phone, Contacts, and stock Messages app. Google is also planning to add a feature to voice calls allowing you to quickly switch over to a video call with a single tap.

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are edging closer to their official release. We're already seeing the integration on the Phone and Contacts app of the Nexus 6P, however, not within the Android Messages app yet.

What does that mean for Android users?

Google's Hoi Lam confirmed on Google+ that new features for Android Wear 2.0 can now be delivered through the Play Store when the Android Wear app on the smartwatch is updated.

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. With that in mind, video calls are becoming an integrated feature of the Android experience. If your carrier doesn't support ViLTE, don't worry, video calls still work, but you'll have to use the Google Duo app. Tomorrow, you'll be able to walk into a Verizon store and check Google's latest phones out.

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